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lying-in

[ lahy-ing-in ]
/ ˈlaɪ ɪŋˈɪn /
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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.
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Origin of lying-in

First recorded in 1400–50, lying-in is from late Middle English lyynge in. See lie2, -ing1, in
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British Dictionary definitions for lying-in

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

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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