Mid"wife` (?), n.; pl. Midwives (#). [OE. midwif, fr. AS. mid with (akin to Gr. ) + woman, wife. Properly, the woman or wife who is attendant upon a woman in childbirth. See Meta-, and Wife.]

A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art.


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Mid"wife`, v. t.

To assist in childbirth.


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Mid"wife`, v. i.

To perform the office of midwife.


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