|1.||of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother|
|2.||related through the mother's side of the family: his maternal uncle|
|[C15: from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter mother]|
maternal ma·ter·nal (mə-tûr'nəl)
Relating to or characteristic of a mother.
Inherited from one's mother.