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Definition of Cervical dystocia

Cervical dystocia: Difficult labor and delivery caused by mechanical obstruction at the cervix. Dystocia comes from the Greek "dys" meaning "difficult, painful, disordered, abnormal" + "tokos" meaning "birth."

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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