-parous


a combining form meaning “bearing,” “producing” that specified by the initial element: oviparous; viviparous.

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Origin of -parous

< Latin -parus bearing, equivalent to par(ere) to bear, bring forth + -us adj. suffix; see -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -parous

-parous


adj combining form

giving birth tooviparous

Word Origin for -parous

from Latin -parus, from parere to bring forth
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Medicine definitions for -parous

-parous


suff.

Giving birth to; producing:multiparous.
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