noun, plural puerperae [pyoo-ur-puh-ree] . Obstetrics.
a woman who has recently given birth to a child.

< Latin: woman in labor; akin to puerperus; see puerperium

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puerpera pu·er·per·a (pyōō-ûr'pər-ə)
n. pl. pu·er·per·ae (-pər-ē')
A woman who has just given birth.

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