Origin of maternal
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Advanced maternal age dramatically increases the risk of maternal mortality as well as birth defects like Down Syndrome.
Genes passed down through the maternal side, though, were found to be a “perfect mitochondrial match.”Richard III’s DNA Shows Tudors May Have No Claim to the Throne|Charlotte Lytton|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some women who want to be mothers and have maternal love to give should have the ability to do just that.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were rising export numbers, education programs, and maternal health efforts.
How her role became more “maternal rather than marital,” and branding Hawking an “all-powerful emperor” and “masterly puppeteer.”The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oswald feels no sense of present concern for maternal solicitude, but wonders at such marked indifference.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
Sir Robert Strange was the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Dennistoun.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3)|James Dennistoun
The bride is taken into the house, and her maternal uncle sits at the entrance, and measures a new cloth, which he gives to her.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
She has hardly spoken when a sound of little running feet up the stairs outside sets her maternal fears at rest.April's Lady|Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
With a faltering voice she spoke, but with the authority of maternal love and faith,—through sobs, but with authority.
British Dictionary definitions for maternal
Word Origin for maternal
Word Origin and History for maternal
late 15c., from Old French maternel (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *maternalis, from Latin maternus "maternal, of a mother," from mater "mother" (see mother (n.1)).