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Definition of Shoulder dystocia

Shoulder dystocia: The baby's shoulder becomes wedged behind the mother's pubis, sometimes this happens because the baby is too big to fit through the birth canal.

Dystocia means difficult delivery.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=39656
Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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