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  • n. A man who assists women in childbirth; a male midwife; an obstetrician.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who assists women in childbirth; a man midwife; an obstetrician.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man-midwife; a medical practitioner who attends women in childbirth.

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

  • n. a physician specializing in obstetrics


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  • The professional accoucheur is unknown among Mahometans, who only engage midwives, these however being incredibly ignorant.

    Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

  • Ergot also had a history of medical use—as a labor-inducing drug that, according to one nineteenth-century physician, “expedites lingering parturition and saves to the accoucheur a considerable portion of time.”


  • Of course superstition is at the bottom of this barbarity; the same which a generation ago made the silly accoucheur refuse to give ether because of the divine (?) saying “In sorrow shalt thou bring forth children.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The physician and accoucheur assure us that Renee is now quite out of danger; and as she is proving an admirable nurse — Nature has endowed her so generously! — my father and I are able to give free rein to our joy.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • In the month of November 1820 I found means to persuade the best accoucheur in Paris to play the part of


  • But we are certain of this, — that no one will raise a similar claim as against the herdsman, who is allowed on all hands to be the sole and only feeder and physician of his herd; he is also their match-maker and accoucheur; no one else knows that department of science.

    The Statesman

  • I am a country surgeon, and of course an accoucheur.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • Whereafter, running down to the sea, I pulled up my sleeves, and, on returning, embarked upon my role, of accoucheur.

    Through Russia

  • And midwifery, decency seems to allot to them, though I am afraid the word midwife, in our dictionaries, will soon give place to accoucheur, and one proof of the former delicacy of the sex be effaced from the language.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • This old woman had conceived so violent a hatred against the poor Princess, that I do believe she prevailed on Clement, the accoucheur, to treat her ill in her confinement; and what confirms me in this is that she almost killed her by visiting her at that time in perfumed gloves.

    The Entire Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency


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