lying-in

[lahy-ing-in]

noun, plural lyings-in, lying-ins.

the state of being in childbed; confinement.

adjective

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
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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

lying-in

[lī′ĭng-ĭn]

n. pl. ly•ings-in (lī′ĭngz-)

A state attending childbirth.

adj.

Of or intended for use during childbirth.
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