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multiparous

[muhl-tip-er-uh s] /mʌlˈtɪp ər əs/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a multipara.
2.
producing more than one at a birth.
3.
Botany. (of a cyme) having many lateral axes.
Origin of multiparous
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50, multiparous is from the New Latin word multiparus bearing many young at a birth. See multi-, -parous
Related forms
multiparity
[muhl-ti-par-i-tee] /ˌmʌl tɪˈpær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for multiparity

multiparous

/mʌlˈtɪpərəs/
adjective
1.
(of certain species of mammal) producing many offspring at one birth
2.
of, relating to, or designating a multipara
Derived Forms
multiparity (ˌmʌltɪˈpærɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin multiparus
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Word Origin and History for multiparity

multiparous

adj.

"bringing forth many young at a birth," 1640s, from Modern Latin multiparus, from multi- + stem of parere "to bring forth" (see pare).

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multiparity in Medicine

multiparity mul·ti·par·i·ty (mŭl'tĭ-pār'ĭ-tē)
n.
The condition of being a multipara.

multiparous mul·tip·a·rous (mŭl-tĭp'ər-əs)
adj.

  1. Relating to a multipara.

  2. Giving birth to more than one offspring at a time.

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