[ an-tee-pahr-tuh m ]
/ ˈæn tiˈpɑr təm /

adjective Obstetrics.

of or noting the period prior to childbirth; before delivery.

Nearby words

  1. antennule,
  2. antenumber,
  3. antenuptial,
  4. antenuptial marriage contract,
  5. anteorbital,
  6. antepast,
  7. antependium,
  8. antepenult,
  9. antepenultimate,
  10. anteporch

Compare postpartum.

Origin of antepartum

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for antepartum



1908, from Latin phrase ante partum "before birth" (see postpartum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for antepartum


[ ăn′tē-pärtəm ]


Of or occurring in the period before childbirth.

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