[pahr-too r-ee-uh nt, -tyoo r-]


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 formspar·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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of or relating to childbirth
giving birth
producing or about to produce a new idea, etc
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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parturient in Medicine




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