Definition of vacuum extractor in US English:

vacuum extractor


  • A cup-shaped appliance for performing vacuum extraction in childbirth.

    Also called ventouse
    • ‘If instruments are needed for the delivery, a vacuum extractor is less likely to lead to an episiotomy than are forceps.’
    • ‘Women who use epidurals are more likely to need a vacuum extractor or forceps put on their baby's head to help pull the baby out of their body.’
    • ‘When such problems occur during the second stage of labour, birth can be hastened by application of obstetric forceps or the vacuum extractor.’
    • ‘But sometimes, they have to use forceps or vacuum extractors to help a baby out, and sometimes that results in more damage to the mother.’
    • ‘In the United States, the forceps has been preferred, although the vacuum extractor is becoming increasingly popular.’