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matricide

[ma-tri-sahyd, mey-] /ˈmæ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of killing one's mother.
2.
a person who kills his or her mother.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin mātricīdium (def 1), mātricīda (def 2); see matri-, -cide
Related forms
matricidal, adjective
Can be confused
matricide, parricide, patricide.
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British Dictionary definitions for matricide

matricide

/ˈmætrɪˌsaɪd; ˈmeɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of killing one's own mother
2.
a person who kills his mother
Derived Forms
matricidal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mātrīcīdium (the act), mātrīcīda (the agent). See matri-, -cide
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Word Origin and History for matricide
matricide
1594, from Fr. matricide, from L. matricida "mother-killer," and matricidium "mother-killing," from mater "mother" + -cida "killer," and -cidium "a killing," from cadere "to slay" (see -cide).
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matricide in Medicine

matricide mat·ri·cide (māt'rĭ-sīd')
n.
The act of killing one's mother.


mat'ri·cid'al (-sīd'l) adj.
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