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ac·tive la·bor

contractions resulting in progressive effacement and dilation of the cervix.

active labor

Etymology: L, activus, active, labor, work
the normal progress of the birth process, including uterine contractions, full dilation of the cervix, and descent of the fetus into the birth canal (midpelvis).

ac·tive la·bor

(ak'tiv lā'bŏr)
Contractions resulting in progressive effacement and dilation of the cervix.
Compare: prodromal labor

active labor

Regular uterine contractions that result in increasing cervical dilation and descent of the presenting part. This encompasses the active phase of stage 1, as well as stages 2 and 3 of labor.
See also: labor
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