Definition of Braxton Hicks contractions in English:

Braxton Hicks contractions

Syllabification: Brax·ton Hicks con·trac·tions
Pronunciation: /ˌbrakstən ˈhiks kənˌtrakSH(ə)nz
 
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noun

Medicine
Intermittent weak contractions of the uterus occurring during pregnancy.
More example sentences
  • Tightenings of the uterus, known as Braxton Hicks contractions, become stronger in the third trimester.
  • The Braxton Hicks contractions only help to prepare, or exercise, the uterus for labor and delivery.
  • The majority of pregnant women experience Braxton Hicks contractions during different stages of pregnancy.

Origin

early 20th century: named after John Braxton Hicks (1823–97), English gynecologist.

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