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engagement

 [en-gāj´ment]
the entrance of the largest diameter of the fetal head into the smallest diameter of the maternal pelvis.

en·gage·ment

(en-gāj'ment),
In obstetrics, the mechanism by which the biparietal diameter of the fetal head enters the plane of the inlet.

engagement

/en·gage·ment/ (en-gāj´mint) the entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the superior pelvic strait.

engagement

[engāj′mənt]
Etymology: Fr, a bonding
1 fixation of the presenting part of the fetus in the maternal true pelvis. The largest diameter of the presenting part is at or below the level of the ischial spines.
2 fixation of the fetal head in the maternal midpelvis with the biparietal diameter of the head level with the ischial spines.

engagement

Medspeak-UK
The promotion of active involvement of an individual in communication, which requires consistency between oral and non-verbal behaviour that respects the individuals’ experience, expertise, culture, history and religion.
 
Obstetrics
The first movement made by the baby’s head during labour and delivery, which consists of the presenting part’s descent through the pelvic inlet; it requires complete dilation of the cervix.

Vox populi
The time between the proposal of a marriage and its actual ceremony.

engagement

Obstetrics The descent of the widest part of the presenting part of the baby's head through the pelvic inlet, which requires that the cervix is completely dilated; it is the first movement made by the baby's head during L&D. See Labor & delivery.

en·gage·ment

(en-gāj'mĕnt)
obstetrics The mechanism by which the biparietal diameter of the fetal head enters the plane of the inlet.
References in classic literature ?
I smile because there appears to me to be about as much inclination for the consummation of the engagement in question as there is for my own.
She could do justice to the superiority of Lady Russell's motives in this, over those of her father and Elizabeth; she could honour all the better feelings of her calmness; but the general air of oblivion among them was highly important from whatever it sprung; and in the event of Admiral Croft's really taking Kellynch Hall, she rejoiced anew over the conviction which had always been most grateful to her, of the past being known to those three only among her connexions, by whom no syllable, she believed, would ever be whispered, and in the trust that among his, the brother only with whom he had been residing, had received any information of their short-lived engagement.
The scene suggested a Swiss Alp rather than the shrine and centre of a leisured world, and was marred only by two ugly little villas-- the villas that had competed with Cecil's engagement, having been acquired by Sir Harry Otway the very afternoon that Lucy had been acquired by Cecil.
She did her best to listen to her mother asking for news of John, and to her aunt replying with the authentic history of Hilda's engagement to an officer in the Indian Army, but she cast her mind alternately towards forest paths and starry blossoms, and towards pages of neatly written mathematical signs.
Any inward debate Lydgate had as to the consequences of this engagement which had stolen upon him, turned on the paucity of time rather than of money.
Lydgate had never seen her in trouble since the morning of their engagement, and he had never felt so passionately towards her as at this moment.
The letter was nothing less than Lady Lydiard's reply to the written announcement of Isabel's engagement, despatched on the previous day by Miss Pink.
Hope you 'll be as well pleased with another engagement that 's coming out before long"; and with an odd laugh, Tom carried Sydney off to his den, leaving the girls to telegraph to one another the awful message, "It is Maria Bailey.
If you obey her commands, I owe it to myself and I owe it to my family to release you from your engagement.
But you implied just now that the engagement must be broken off.
In my dauntless zeal for her welfare, I ran the great risk, and openly alluded to her marriage engagement.
Fairlie for your departure, before the end of your engagement, must be that an unforeseen necessity compels you to ask his permission to return at once to London.