from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hastening or facilitating childbirth, especially by stimulating contractions of the uterus. Used of a drug.
  • n. An oxytocic drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to promote uterine contractions, thus accelerating childbirth.
  • n. An oxytocic drug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Promoting uterine contractions, or parturition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That serves or tends to induce or accelerate parturition.
  • n. A medicine or drug that tends to accelerate parturition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a drug that induces labor by stimulating contractions of the muscles of the uterus


New Latin, from Late Greek *oxutokiā, sudden delivery, from Greek ōkutokios, oxytocic : ōkus, swift; see ōku- in Indo-European roots + tokos, birth; see tek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὀξύς (oxus, "swift") + τόκος (tokos, "childbirth"), from τίκτω (tiktō, "I give birth"). (Wiktionary)


  • This is called the oxytocic (ok'see-toh'sik; "quick birth" G) effect.

    The Human Brain

  • Especially useful is ergonovine, the N-(1( )-1-hydroxyisopropyl) amide of d-lysergic acid, which is employed commercially as an oxytocic agent.

    L.S.D., R.I.P.

  • Use of any intramuscular oxytocic before the birth of the infant is generally regarded as dangerous, because the dosage cannot be adapted to the level of uterine activity.


  • An oxytocic drug is given to help make the womb contract.

    Chapter 14

  • The chance of damage is greater if at birth the baby is slow to breathe, or if the midwife injected the mother with an oxytocic (medicine to speed up the birth or to 'give force' to the mother) before the baby was born.

    Chapter 28

  • Be careful in your choice of a midwife - and do not let your midwife use an oxytocic before the baby is born.

    Chapter 28

  • Be careful in the selection of a midwife - and do not let the midwife use an oxytocic before the child is born.

    Chapter 28

  • But if the mother is bleeding very heavily and you are a long way from the health center, you may decide to massage her womb or inject an oxytocic even if you were not taught this.

    Chapter 7

  • But, if the woman is rapidly losing blood and medical help is far away, use an oxytocic as suggested above.

    Chapter 26

  • Four experimental models were employed to investigate the effects of the extract: anti-ulcer, antiasthmatic (in vivo), oxytocic

    Chapter 7


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