noun, plural nul·lip·a·rae [nuh-lip-uh-ree] /nʌˈlɪp əˌri/. Obstetrics.

a woman who has never borne a child.

Nearby words

  1. nullification,
  2. nullifidian,
  3. nullify,
  4. nulligravida,
  5. nulling,
  6. nulliparous,
  7. nullipore,
  8. nullity,
  9. nullius filius,
  10. nullius juris

Origin of nullipara

1870–75; < New Latin, equivalent to nūlli- nulli- + -para, feminine of -parus -parous

Related formsnul·li·par·i·ty [nuhl-uh-par-i-tee] /ˌnʌl əˈpær ɪ ti/, nounnul·lip·a·rous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nulliparous


noun plural -rae (-ˌriː)

a woman who has never borne a child
Derived Formsnulliparous, adjective

Word Origin for nullipara

C19: New Latin, from nullus no, not any + -para, from parere to bring forth; see -parous

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Word Origin and History for nulliparous



1859, from medical Latin nullipara "female who has never given birth," from nulli-, stem of nullus "no" (see null) + -para, fem. of parus, from parere "to bring forth" (see pare) + -ous.

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Medicine definitions for nulliparous




A woman who has never given birth.
Related formsnul•lipa•rous (-rəs) adj.

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