[ muhl-tip-er-uh s ]
/ mʌlˈtɪp ər əs /


of or relating to a multipara.
producing more than one at a birth.
Botany. (of a cyme) having many lateral axes.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM multiparous

mul·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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multiparous

/ (mʌlˈtɪpərəs) /


(of certain species of mammal) producing many offspring at one birth
of, relating to, or designating a multipara

Derived forms of multiparous

multiparity (ˌmʌltɪˈpærɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for multiparous

C17: from New Latin multiparus
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Medicine definitions for multiparous

[ mŭl-tĭpər-əs ]


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