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[pahr-too r-ee-uh nt, -tyoo r-]
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  1. bearing or about to bear young; travailing.
  2. pertaining to parturition.
  3. bringing forth or about to produce something, as an idea.
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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 formspar·tu·ri·en·cy, nounpost·par·tu·ri·ent, adjective
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Related Words for parturient

abundant, big, enceinte, expectant, expecting, fecund, fertile, fraught, fruitful, gravid, heavy, hopeful, productive, prolific, replete, teeming, anticipating, parous, preggers

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Historical Examples of parturient

  • It is called dropping after calving, from its following the parturient state.

    Cattle and Their Diseases

    Robert Jennings

  • There was some laughing at the parturient mountain and the still-born mouse, but a graver cheerfulness was the reigning emotion.

  • Parturient women under such circumstances occasionally succumb to the typhoid condition into which they are thrown.

  • It must be confessed that they have not wholly escaped the fate that is apt to befall the progeny of parturient mountains.


    Clive Bell

  • The foal rarely survives four hours after the onset of parturient throes.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for parturient


  1. of or relating to childbirth
  2. giving birth
  3. producing or about to produce a new idea, etc
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Derived Formsparturiency, noun

Word Origin for parturient

C16: via Latin parturīre, from parere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for parturient


"about to give birth," 1590s, from Latin parturientem (nominative parturiens), present participle of parturire "be in labor," literally "desire to bring forth," desiderative of parere "to bear" (see pare). Related: Parturiency.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

parturient in Medicine


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