[ loh-kee-uh, lok-ee-uh ]
/ ˈloʊ ki ə, ˈlɒk i ə /

noun, plural lo·chi·a. Medicine/Medical.

the liquid discharge from the uterus after childbirth.

Origin of lochia

1675–85; < New Latin < Greek, noun use of neuter plural of lóchios of childbirth, equivalent to lóch(os) childbirth (akin to léchesthai to lie down; see lie2) + -ios adj. suffix


lo·chi·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lochia

/ (ˈlɒkɪə) /


a vaginal discharge of cellular debris, mucus, and blood following childbirth

Derived forms of lochia

lochial, adjective

Word Origin for lochia

C17: New Latin from Greek lokhia, from lokhios, from lokhos childbirth
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Medical definitions for lochia

[ lōkē-ə, lŏkē-ə ]


The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.

Other words from lochia

lochi•al adj.
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