protracted labor


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protracted labor

Abnormally slow dilation of the cervix in the active phase of labor; defined as less than 1.2 cm/hr in a nullipara and 1.5 cm/hr in a multipara.
Synonym: protraction disorderprimary dysfunctional labor See: arrested labor; precipitate labor
See also: labor
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