[ 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
Related formslo·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 Formslochial, adjective

Word Origin for lochia

C17: New Latin from Greek lokhia, from lokhios, from lokhos childbirth
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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)).

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Medicine definitions for lochia


[ lōkē-ə, lŏkē-ə ]


The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.
Related formslochi•al adj.
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