noun, plural pri·mi·grav·i·das, pri·mi·grav·i·dae [prahy-mi-grav-i-dee] /ˌpraɪ mɪˈgræv ɪˌdi/. Obstetrics.

a woman pregnant for the first time.

Nearby words

  1. primely,
  2. primer,
  3. primero,
  4. primers,
  5. primeval,
  6. primine,
  7. priming,
  8. primipara,
  9. primitive,
  10. primitive baptist

Origin of primigravida

1885–90; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin prīmi-, combining form of prīmus first (see prime) + gravida, feminine of gravidus pregnant (see gravid), on the model of primipara Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for primigravida


noun plural -das or -dae (-ˌdiː)

obstetrics a woman who is pregnant for the first time

Word Origin for primigravida

C19: New Latin, from Latin prima first + gravida gravid (woman)

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Word Origin and History for primigravida


1879, from earlier use in German, from Modern Latin, from Latin primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + gravidus "laden, full, swollen, pregnant with child" (see gravid).

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Medicine definitions for primigravida




A woman in her first pregnancy.

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