Definition of Braxton Hicks contractions in English:

Braxton Hicks contractions

plural noun

Medicine
  • Intermittent weak contractions of the uterus occurring during pregnancy.

    • ‘The Braxton Hicks contractions only help to prepare, or exercise, the uterus for labor and delivery.’
    • ‘It sounds like you are experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, which are the dress rehearsal for real labor.’
    • ‘Towards the beginning of true labour Braxton Hicks contractions may become more frequent, stronger and even painful.’
    • ‘The majority of pregnant women experience Braxton Hicks contractions during different stages of pregnancy.’
    • ‘Tightenings of the uterus, known as Braxton Hicks contractions, become stronger in the third trimester.’
    labour pains, labour
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

Braxton Hicks contractions

/ˌbrakstən ˈhɪks/