Definition of Tocolytic agent

Tocolytic agent: A medication that can inhibit labor, slow down or halt the contractions of the uterus. Tocolytic agents are widely used today to treat premature labor and permit pregnancy to proceed and so permit the fetus to gain in size and maturity before being born.

Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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