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.
- Toddler's fracture
A torsion fracture of the tibia that occurs without bone displacement. This fracture is called toddler’s fracture because it occurs in infants who are early on in their walking, causing a stress breakage of bone in the large bone of the leg below the knee.