difficult birth, caused by abnormalities in the fetus or the mother. The most common causes of fetal dystocia are excessive size (see macrosomia) or malpresentation of the baby. Maternal dystocia may result if the pelvis is abnormally small, the uterine muscles fail to contract, or the neck of the uterus fails to expand. If the cause of dystocia cannot be eliminated, it may be necessary to deliver the baby by Caesarean section or to operate in such a way that it can be removed with the minimum possible risk to the mother.

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  • Dystocia — Classification and external resources DiseasesDB 4025 eMedicine med/3280 MeSH …   Wikipedia

  • Dystocia — Dys*to ci*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; dys ill, hard + to kos delivery.] (Med.) Difficult delivery pr parturition. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dystocia — Difficult/abnormal labor or delivery. From the Greek "dys" meaning "difficult, painful, disordered, abnormal" + "tokos" meaning "birth." * * * Difficult childbirth. [G. dystokia, fr. dys , difficult, +… …   Medical dictionary

  • dystocia — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek dystokia, from dys + tokos childbirth; akin to Greek tiktein to give birth to more at thane Date: circa 1706 slow or difficult labor or delivery …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dystocia — noun A slow or difficult labour or delivery …   Wiktionary

  • dystocia — n. abnormally difficult labor or childbirth (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dystocia — [dɪs təʊʃə] noun Medicine difficulty in giving birth. Origin C18: from Gk dustokia, from dus difficult + tokos childbirth …   English new terms dictionary

  • dystocia — dys·to·cia …   English syllables

  • dystocia — /dɪsˈtoʊkiə/ (say dis tohkeeuh) noun slow or difficult labour or delivery. Also, dystokia. {Greek dystokia} …   Australian English dictionary

  • dystocia —   n. difficult childbirth.    ♦ dystocial, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

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