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puerperal

[ pyoo-ur-per-uhl ]

adjective

  1. of or relating to a woman in childbirth.
  2. pertaining to or connected with childbirth.


puerperal

/ pjuːˈɜːpərəl /

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium


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Other Words From

  • postpu·erper·al adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of puerperal1

First recorded in 1760–70, puerperal is from the New Latin word puerperālis of childbirth. See puerpera, -al 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of puerperal1

C18: from New Latin puerperālis relating to childbirth; see puerperium

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Example Sentences

Puerperal, pū-ėr′pėr-al, adj. relating to childbirth—also Pūer′perous.

In epidemics of puerperal fever this form of erysipelas has been specially found to prevail.

Poison was of course suspected; but her death was really caused by puerperal convulsions (eclampsia).

The whole of the preceding remarks apply even more to children and to puerperal women than to patients in general.

Mental disturbances and morbid impulses associated with pregnancy or the puerperal state may be dispelled in the same way.

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