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puerperal

[pyoo-ur-per-uh l] /pyuˈɜr pər əl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a woman in childbirth.
2.
pertaining to or connected with childbirth.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Neo-Latin puerperālis of childbirth. See puerpera, -al1
Related forms
postpuerperal, adjective
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  • Apparently there is no puerperal parasite, properly speaking.
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British Dictionary definitions for puerperal

puerperal

/pjuːˈɜːpərəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin puerperālis relating to childbirth; see puerperium
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Word Origin and History for puerperal
adj.

1768, with -al (1) + Latin puerperus "bringing forth children; bearing a child" (as a noun, "woman in labor"), from puer "child, boy" (see puerility) + parere "to bear" (see pare). Earlier puerperial (1620s).

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puerperal in Medicine

puerperal pu·er·per·al (pyōō-ûr'pər-əl)
adj.
Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.

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