Stemming from the Greek word “tokos” meaning childbirth, we have toc-, toco-, tok-, and toko- as combining forms, all referring to labor or childbirth.
Prefix meaning childbirth. For example, tocolysis is the slowing or halting of labor. Sometimes spelled tok-, toko-.
The slowing or halting of labor during the birth process.
Relating to the inhibition, delaying, or halting of labor. For example, a tocolytic drug is a medication that deters labor.
- Tocolytic agent
A medication that can inhibit labor, slow down or halt the contractions of the uterus. Tocolytic agents are widely used today to treat premature labor and permit pregnancy to proceed and so permit the fetus to gain in size and maturity before being born.
A young child who is learning to walk with short unsteady steps. The word toddle is of unknown origin.