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tocolytic

 [to″ko-lit´ik]
1. pertaining to or causing tocolysis (postponement of preterm labor).
2. an agent that does this, such as ritodrine hydrochloride or another β2-adrenergic receptor agonist.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

to·co·lyt·ic

(tō'kō-lit'ik),
Denoting any pharmacologic agent used to arrest uterine contractions; often used in an attempt to arrest premature labor contractions, for example, ritodrine or terbutaline.
[G. tokos, childbirth, labor, + lysis, loosening]
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tocolytic

Obstetrics adjective Referring to an agent with tocolytic activity noun Any of a number of beta agonists-eg isoxsuprine, terbulatine, ritodrine, used to halt the progression of preterm labor. See Ritodrine.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

to·co·lyt·ic

(tō'kō-lit'ik)
Denoting any pharmacologic agent used to arrest uterine contractions; often used in an attempt to arrest premature labor contractions.
[G. tokos, childbirth, labor, + lysis, loosening]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Tocolytic

A medication that inhibits uterine contractions.
Mentioned in: Prenatal Surgery
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In this report we describe a case of spontaneous massive vulvar edema following tocolytic therapy in a 15-year-old primigravida child who presented at 33 weeks of gestation with preterm labor.
The currently available data are suggestive of deleterious fetal effects of MgSO4 in the setting of preterm labor to the extent that some authorities are recommending abandoning it for routine use as a tocolytic therapy.
Since then, several empirical and clinical studies about the tocolytic effect were published (Daub, 1989; Vilaghy, 2002; Planggeret al., 2006).
Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine if the tocolytic therapy affects CK, LDH, and amylase levels in the umbilical blood of preterm infants.
Only in midstudy were there any relevant changes in the management of pPROM (antibiotics, tocolytic, and steroid courses).
Nifedipine is also a tocolytic drug with 77% placental transfer [12].
The gestatational ages at insertion of cerclage, position of the knot, use of post-operative antibiotics and tocolytic drugs, and total duration of hospital stay were analysed.
Conclusion: Glyceryl trinitrate, trans dermal patch is effective and safe tocolytic in idiopathic preterm labour.
Other risk factors include association with maternal cocaine abuse, selenium deficiency and long-term (> 4 weeks) oral tocolytic therapy with beta adrenergic agonists such as terbutaline.
The uterus needs to be relaxed with a tocolytic, and the baby's head is then replaced in the vagina and a caesarean section performed.