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puerperal

[pyoo-ur-per-uh l]
adjective
  1. of or relating to a woman in childbirth.
  2. pertaining to or connected with childbirth.
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Origin of puerperal

First recorded in 1760–70, puerperal is from the New Latin word puerperālis of childbirth. See puerpera, -al1
Related formspost·pu·er·per·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for puerperal

Historical Examples of puerperal

  • Alleged sudden and great decrease of mortality from puerperal fever.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • It is doubtful whether this should be considered a case of puerperal fever.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • This condition may be mistaken for a general sepsis which is puerperal.

  • The phenomena of puerperal fever originate in a vitiation of the fluids.

  • The consequence was that he infected them, and puerperal fever was contracted.

    The Popes and Science

    James J. Walsh


British Dictionary definitions for puerperal

puerperal

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium
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Word Origin for puerperal

C18: from New Latin puerperālis relating to childbirth; see puerperium
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Word Origin and History for puerperal

adj.

1768, with -al (1) + Latin puerperus "bringing forth children; bearing a child" (as a noun, "woman in labor"), from puer "child, boy" (see puerility) + parere "to bear" (see pare). Earlier puerperial (1620s).

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puerperal in Medicine

puerperal

(pyōō-ûrpər-əl)
adj.
  1. Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.
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