[ lahy-ing-in ]
/ ˈlaɪ ɪŋˈɪn /

noun, plural lyings-in, lying-ins.

the state of being in childbed; confinement.


pertaining to or providing facilities for childbirth: a lying-in hospital.

Origin of lying-in

First recorded in 1400–50, lying-in is from the late Middle English word lyynge in. See lie2, -ing1, in Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for lying-in


noun plural lyings-in

  1. confinement in childbirth
  2. (as modifier)a lying-in hospital
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Medical definitions for lying-in

[ lī′ĭng-ĭn ]

n. pl. ly•ings-in (lī′ĭngz-)

A state attending childbirth.


Of or intended for use during childbirth.
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