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confinement

[kuh n-fahyn-muh nt] /kənˈfaɪn mənt/
noun
1.
the act of confining.
2.
the state of being confined.
3.
the lying-in of a woman in childbed; accouchement; childbirth.
4.
Military. incarceration in a guardhouse or prison while awaiting trial or as a punishment (distinguished from arrest).
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; confine + -ment; compare French confinement
Related forms
nonconfinement, noun
postconfinement, noun
preconfinement, noun
self-confinement, noun
semiconfinement, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for post-confinement

confinement

/kənˈfaɪnmənt/
noun
1.
the act of confining or the state of being confined
2.
the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
3.
(physics) another name for containment (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for post-confinement

confinement

n.

1590s, from French confinement (16c.; the Old French word was confinacion), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for "childbed" it dates from 1774 (the Middle English expression was Our Lady's bands).

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post-confinement in Medicine

confinement con·fine·ment (kən-fīn'mənt)
n.

  1. The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.

  2. Lying-in.

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