Meaning of main d'accoucheur in English:

main d'accoucheur

Pronunciation /ˌmã dakuːˈʃəː/


  • A form of muscle spasm seen especially in tetany, in which the wrist is bent and the fingers are extended and adducted into a conelike shape, and the thumb is adducted towards the fingers or into the palm.


1920s; earliest use found in Carl Hamilton Browning (b. 1881). From French main d'accoucheur, lit. ‘obstetrician's hand’ from main hand + d' + accoucheur.