- the liquid discharge from the uterus after childbirth.
Origin of lochia
Examples from the Web for lochia
If the amount of the lochia should be excessive it should be investigated.
The lochia were discharged regularly; and in three weeks, she was able to sit up, and in three more, quite well.
The first few days the lochia is very red because of the large amount of blood which it contains.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
In some few cases however, the lochia continues to flow, or even increases, and the breasts remain full up to the time of death.
The odor of the lochia is at first that of fresh blood; later it has the odor peculiar to these parts.
- a vaginal discharge of cellular debris, mucus, and blood following childbirth
Word Origin and History for lochia
"discharge from the uterus after childbirth," 1680s, Modern Latin, from Greek lokhia, neuter plural of lokhios "pertaining to childbirth," from lokhos "a lying in, childbirth," also, "an ambush," from PIE root *legh- "to lie, lay" (see lie (v.2)).
- The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.