puerperal

[pyoo-ur-per-uh l]

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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puerperal

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

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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