Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to arrested labor: protracted labor
Etymology: L, ad + restare, to withstand, labor, work
an interruption in the labor process that is associated with uterine contractions.
ar·rest·ed la·bor(ă-res'tĕd lā'bŏr)
A cessation in the birth process, of varying duration, especially one caused by weakened, diminished, or absent contractions.
Failure of labor to proceed through the normal stages. This may be due to uterine inertia, obstruction of the pelvis, or systemic disease.
See also: labor