[ pahr-too r-ee-uh nt, -tyoo r- ]
/ pɑrˈtʊər i ənt, -ˈtyʊər- /


bearing or about to bear young; travailing.
pertaining to parturition.
bringing forth or about to produce something, as an idea.

Origin of parturient

1585–95; < Latin parturient- (stem of parturiēns) being in labor, literally, desiring to bring forth (present participle of parturīre to be about to give birth), equivalent to part(us) (past participle of parere to bring forth, bear) + -uri- desiderative suffix + -ent- -ent

Related forms

par·tu·ri·en·cy, nounpost·par·tu·ri·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parturient


/ (pɑːˈtjʊərɪənt) /


of or relating to childbirth
giving birth
producing or about to produce a new idea, etc

Derived Forms

parturiency, noun

Word Origin for parturient

C16: via Latin parturīre, from parere to bring forth
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Medicine definitions for parturient


[ pär-turē-ənt ]


Of or relating to giving birth.
About to bring forth young; being in labor.
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