[ per-uh-ney-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌpɛr ə neɪˈtɒl ə dʒi /


a field of medicine focusing on problems emerging during the perinatal period.

Origin of perinatology

First recorded in 1975–80; peri- + nat(al) + -o- + -logy

Related forms

per·i·na·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for perinatology


[ pĕr′ə-nā-tŏlə-jē ]


The subspecialty of obstetrics concerned with the care of mothers, fetuses, and infants during the perinatal period.

Related forms

per′i•na•tolo•gist n.
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