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Definition of Forceps, obstetrical

Forceps, obstetrical: A forceps designed as an aid in the vaginal delivery of a baby. Forceps may be used to ease delivery or to cope with problems of fetal distress or fetal position. The decision to use forceps must be made by an obstetrician.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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