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Definitions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Menorrhagia
uterine bleeding, excessive in amount and/or duration of flow occurring at regular intervals
Dysmenorrhoea
painful periods
Dyspareunia
pain on intercourse
Oligomenorrhoea
infrequent, irregular episodes of bleeding usually occurring at intervals of more than 40 days
Polymenorrhoea
frequent but regular episodes of uterine bleeding, usually occurring at intervals of less than 21 days
Metrorrhagia
uterine bleeding, usually not excessive but occurring at irregular intervals
Menometrorrhagia
uterine bleeding, usually excessive and prolonged occurring at frequent irregular intervals
Hypomenorrhoea
uterine bleeding, regular but decreased in amount
Intermenstrual bleeding
uterine bleeding, usually not excessive occurring between otherwise regular uterine cycles
Lie
relationship of long axis of baby to the mother, e.g. longitudinal, transverse, oblique
Presentation
which part of the baby is in or over the pelvic brim, e.g. cephalic, face, breech
Position
of denominator relative to fixed points of mother pelvis, e.g. occipito-posterior
Attitude
relationship of parts of baby to itself, e.g. flexed, extended
Station
lowest presenting diameter in relation to the ischial spines
Vertex
Engagement
where the widest diameter of the presentation part is over the pelvic brim
Dystocia
abnormal labour
Caput
oedema of foetal scalp
Moulding
bones of foetus slide over one another