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tocolytic

Pronunciation: to'ko-lit'ik

Definition: Denoting any pharmacologic agent used to arrest uterine contractions; often used in an attempt to arrest premature labor contractions, ritodrine or terbutaline.

[G. tokos, childbirth, labor, + lysis, loosening]

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