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

noun Biology.

the process of bringing forth young.


Nearby words

  1. parturient,
  2. parturient canal,
  3. parturient fever,
  4. parturifacient,
  5. parturiometer,
  6. partway,
  7. party,
  8. party boat,
  9. party girl,
  10. party line

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. 2019

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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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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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Medicine definitions for parturition


[ pär′tu-rĭshən, pär′chə- ]


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

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