Definition of ventouse in English:

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ventouse

Pronunciation: /ˈvɛntuːs/

noun

Medicine
A cup-shaped suction device applied to the baby’s head in childbirth, to assist the birth: [as modifier]: ventouse extraction
More example sentences
  • The pregnancy was uneventful, but the baby was delivered by ventouse extraction owing to fetal tachycardia.
  • A newborn boy delivered at full term by ventouse extraction had a widespread petechial rash and a cephalhaematoma.
  • I can't remember exactly what she said after that, but the gist was that they were going to try and extract the baby using a ventouse.

Origin

1960s: from French, literally 'cupping-glass', based on Latin ventus 'wind'.

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