Obstetric Ob*stet"ric ([o^]b*st[e^]t"r[i^]k), Obstetrical Ob*stet"ric*al ([o^]b*st[e^]t"r[i^]*kal), a. [L. obstetricius, fr. obstetrix, -icis, a midwife, fr. obstare to stand before: cf. F. obst['e]trique. See {Obstacle}.] 1. Of or pertaining to childbirth, midwifery, or the period around the time of the birth of children; as, the obstetric art. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to obstetrics; as, the obstetric unit of a hospital. [PJC]

{Obstetrical toad} (Zo["o]l.), a European toad of the genus {Alytes}, especially {Alytes obstetricans}. The eggs are laid in a string which the male winds around his legs, and carries about until the young are hatched. [1913 Webster]

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