maternal

[muh-tur-nl]

adjective

of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother: maternal instincts.
related through a mother: his maternal aunt.
derived from a mother: maternal genes.

Origin of maternal

1475–85; < Medieval Latin māternālis, equivalent to Latin mātern(us) (māter mother1 + -nus adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1
Related formsma·ter·nal·ism, nounma·ter·nal·is·tic, adjectivema·ter·nal·ly, adverbnon·ma·ter·nal, adjectivenon·ma·ter·nal·ly, adverbqua·si-ma·ter·nal, adjectivequa·si-ma·ter·nal·ly, adverbun·ma·ter·nal, adjectiveun·ma·ter·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for maternalistic

maternal

adjective

of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother
related through the mother's side of the familyhis maternal uncle
Derived Formsmaternalism, nounmaternalistic, adjectivematernally, adverb

Word Origin for maternal

C15: from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter mother
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Word Origin and History for maternalistic

maternal

adj.

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)).

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maternalistic in Medicine

maternal

[mə-tûrnəl]

adj.

Relating to or characteristic of a mother.
Inherited from one's mother.
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