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n.1. (in obstetrics) the starting of labour by artificial means. Medical induction is carried out using such drugs as prostaglandins or oxytocin, which stimulate uterine contractions. Surgical induction is performed by amniotomy (artificial rupture of membranes), usually supplemented by oxytocic drugs. Induction of labour is carried out if the wellbeing or life of mother or child is threatened by continuance of the pregnancy. 2. (in anaesthesia) initiation of anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is usually induced by the intravenous injection of short-acting anaesthetics, e.g. thiopental.

1. (in obstetrics) the starting of labour by artificial means. Medical induction is carried out using such drugs as prostaglandins or oxytocin, which stimulate uterine contractions. Surgical induction is performed by amniotomy (artificial rupture of membranes), usually supplemented by oxytocic drugs. Induction of labour is carried out if the wellbeing or life of mother or child is threatened by continuance of the pregnancy. 2. (in anaesthesia) initiation of anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is usually induced by the intravenous injection of short-acting anaesthetics, e.g. thiopental.

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