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parturition

[pahr-too-rish-uh n, -tyoo-, -choo-]
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noun Biology.
  1. the process of bringing forth young.

Origin of parturition

1640–50; < Late Latin parturītiōn- (stem of parturītiō) travail, equivalent to Latin parturīt(us) (past participle of parturīre; see parturient) + -iōn- -ion
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  • The process of bringing a child into the world is called "parturition."

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  • All appear to be viviparous, and the act of parturition is performed in the water.

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British Dictionary definitions for parturition

parturition

noun
  1. the act or process of giving birth

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin parturītiō, from parturīre to be in labour
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Word Origin and History for parturition

n.

1640s, from Latin parturitionem (nominative parturitio), noun of action from past participle stem of parturire (see parturient).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

parturition in Medicine

parturition

(pär′tu-rĭshən, pär′chə-)
n.
  1. The process of labor and delivery in the birth of a child.
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