Definition of ventouse in English:

ventouse

noun

Medicine
  • A vacuum extractor for use in assisting childbirth.

    • ‘A newborn boy delivered at full term by ventouse extraction had a widespread petechial rash and a cephalhaematoma.’
    • ‘The pregnancy was uneventful, but the baby was delivered by ventouse extraction owing to fetal tachycardia.’
    • ‘Forceps and ventouse deliveries were also risk factors.’
    • ‘I can't remember exactly what she said after that, but the gist was that they were going to try and extract the baby using a ventouse.’
    • ‘Using forceps or a ventouse is sometimes known as ‘instrumental delivery’, as tools are needed.’

Origin

1960s: from French, literally ‘cupping-glass’, based on Latin ventus ‘wind’.

Pronunciation

ventouse

/ˈvenˌto͞os/