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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obstetrics \Ob*stet"rics\ ([o^]b*st[e^]t"r[i^]ks), n. [Cf. F. obst['e]trique. See Obstetric.] 1. The science of midwifery. [archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. The branch of medicine that deals with childbirth or the care of women in parturition, or in the trouble incident to childbirth. [1913 Webster +PJC]