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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
adj combining form
giving birth tooviparous
Word Origin for -parous
from Latin -parus, from parere to bring forth
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Medical definitions for -parous (1 of 2)
[ păr′əs, pâr′- ]
Having given birth one or more times.
Medical definitions for -parous (2 of 2)
Giving birth to; producing:multiparous.
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