[ pahr-too-rish-uh n, -tyoo-, -choo- ]
/ ˌpɑr tʊˈrɪʃ ən, -tyʊ-, -tʃʊ- /

noun Biology.

the process of bringing forth young.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for parturition

/ (ˌpɑːtjʊˈrɪʃən) /


the act or process of giving birth

Word Origin for parturition

C17: from Late Latin parturītiō, from parturīre to be in labour
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Medical definitions for parturition

[ pär′tu-rĭshən, pär′chə- ]


The process of labor and delivery in the birth of a child.
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