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[loh-kee-uh, lok-ee-uh] /ˈloʊ ki ə, ˈlɒk i ə/
noun, plural lochia. Medicine/Medical.
the liquid discharge from the uterus after childbirth.
Origin of lochia
1675-85; < New Latin < Greek, noun use of neuter plural of lóchios of childbirth, equivalent to lóch(os) childbirth (akin to léchesthai to lie down; see lie2) + -ios adj. suffix
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lochial, adjective Unabridged
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a vaginal discharge of cellular debris, mucus, and blood following childbirth
Derived Forms
lochial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: New Latin from Greek lokhia, from lokhios, from lokhos childbirth
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Word Origin and History for lochia

"discharge from the uterus after childbirth," 1680s, Modern Latin, from Greek lokhia, neuter plural of lokhios "pertaining to childbirth," from lokhos "a lying in, childbirth," also, "an ambush," from PIE root *legh- "to lie, lay" (see lie (v.2)).

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lochia in Medicine

lochia lo·chi·a (lō'kē-ə, lŏk'ē-ə)
The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.

lo'chi·al adj.
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