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[prahy-mip-er-uh] /praɪˈmɪp ər ə/
noun, plural primiparas, primiparae
[prahy-mip-uh-ree] /praɪˈmɪp əˌri/ (Show IPA).
a woman who has borne but one child or who is parturient for the first time.
Origin of primipara
1835-45; < Latin prīmipara, equivalent to prīmi- (combining form of prīmus first; see prime) + -para, feminine of -parus -parous
Related forms
[prahy-mi-par-i-tee] /ˌpraɪ mɪˈpær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
primiparous, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ras, -rae (-ˌriː)
(obstetrics) a woman who has borne only one child Also written Para I
Derived Forms
primiparity (ˌprɪmɪˈpærɪtɪ) noun
primiparous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from prīmus first + parere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for primipara

1842, Modern Latin, from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + parus (see -parous).

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primipara in Medicine

primipara pri·mip·a·ra (prī-mĭp'ər-ə)
n. pl. pri·mip·a·ras or pri·mip·a·rae (-ə-rē')

  1. A woman who is pregnant for the first time.

  2. A woman who has given birth for the first time to an infant or infants, alive or stillborn.

pri'mi·par'i·ty (-mĭ-pār'ĭ-tē) n.
pri·mip'a·rous adj.
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