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noun, plural lyings-in, lying-ins.
  1. the state of being in childbed; confinement.
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  1. pertaining to or providing facilities for childbirth: a lying-in hospital.
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Origin of lying-in

First recorded in 1400–50, lying-in is from the late Middle English word lyynge in. See lie2, -ing1, in
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Related Words for lying-in

delivery, childbirth, travail, bearing, creation, accouchement, childbearing, birthing, nascency, labor, beginning, parturition, nativity, natality, producing

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Historical Examples of lying-in

  • The number of the pregnancy affects the danger to be expected from lying-in.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • The duration of labor also influences the mortality of lying-in.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • It was wrong, she told Aaron, for an Amishwoman to have heathen midwives at her lying-in.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

  • It is eight weeks since her lying-in, and she cannot yet stand upon her feet.

  • He took him then to the apartment of the lying-in woman, that he might view the child.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

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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lying-in in Medicine


n. pl. ly•ings-in (lī′ĭngz-)
  1. A state attending childbirth.
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  1. Of or intended for use during childbirth.
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