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[pohst-pahr-tuh m]
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adjective Obstetrics.
  1. of or noting the period of time following childbirth; after delivery.
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Origin of postpartum

1840–50; < New Latin post partum after childbirth; post post- + partum, accusative of partus a bringing forth, equivalent to par(ere) to bear (see parturient) + -tus suffix of v. action
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  1. med following childbirth
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Word Origin

Latin: after the act of giving birth
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postpartum in Medicine


  1. Of or occurring in the period shortly after childbirth.
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