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[pahr-too-rish-uh n, -tyoo-, -choo-]
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noun Biology.
  1. the process of bringing forth young.
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Origin of parturition

1640–50; < Late Latin parturītiōn- (stem of parturītiō) travail, equivalent to Latin parturīt(us) (past participle of parturīre; see parturient) + -iōn- -ion
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Related Words for parturition

delivery, birth

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Historical Examples of parturition

  • The process of bringing a child into the world is called "parturition."

    Private Sex Advice to Women

    R. B. Armitage

  • Chloroform is employed by some to relieve the pain of parturition.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • All appear to be viviparous, and the act of parturition is performed in the water.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • Dogs, cats and sows produce a great number at a parturition.

  • The increased difficulty of parturition seemed to be an important factor.

    The Idiot

    Frederick Bateman

British Dictionary definitions for parturition


  1. the act or process of giving birth
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Word Origin for parturition

C17: from Late Latin parturītiō, from parturīre to be in labour
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Word Origin and History for parturition


1640s, from Latin parturitionem (nominative parturitio), noun of action from past participle stem of parturire (see parturient).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

parturition in Medicine


(pär′tu-rĭshən, pär′chə-)
  1. The process of labor and delivery in the birth of a child.
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