[ pyoo-ur-per-uh ]
/ pyuˈɜr pər ə /
noun, plural pu·er·per·ae [pyoo-ur-puh-ree] /pyuˈɜr pəˌri/. Obstetrics.
a woman who has recently given birth to a child.
- puerperal eclampsia,
- puerperal fever,
- puerperal metritis,
- puerperal psychosis
Origin of puerpera
< Latin: woman in labor; akin to puerperus; see puerperium
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[ pyōō-ûr′pər-ə ]
n. pl. pu•er•per•ae (-pər-ē′)
A woman who has just given birth.
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