[muhl-tip-er-uh s]

Origin of multiparous

First recorded in 1640–50, multiparous is from the New Latin word multiparus bearing many young at a birth. See multi-, -parous
Related formsmul·ti·par·i·ty [muhl-ti-par-i-tee] /ˌmʌl tɪˈpær ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for multiparity


  1. (of certain species of mammal) producing many offspring at one birth
  2. of, relating to, or designating a multipara
Derived Formsmultiparity (ˌmʌltɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for multiparous

C17: from New Latin multiparus
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Word Origin and History for multiparity



"bringing forth many young at a birth," 1640s, from Modern Latin multiparus, from multi- + stem of parere "to bring forth" (see pare).

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multiparity in Medicine


  1. The condition of being a multipara.


  1. Relating to a multipara.
  2. Giving birth to more than one offspring at a time.
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