- of or relating to a woman in childbirth.
- pertaining to or connected with childbirth.
Origin of puerperal
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Examples from the Web for puerperal
Alleged sudden and great decrease of mortality from puerperal fever.
It is doubtful whether this should be considered a case of puerperal fever.
This condition may be mistaken for a general sepsis which is puerperal.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
The phenomena of puerperal fever originate in a vitiation of the fluids.A System of Midwifery
The consequence was that he infected them, and puerperal fever was contracted.The Popes and Science
James J. Walsh
- of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium
C18: from New Latin puerperālis relating to childbirth; see puerperium
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Word Origin and History for puerperal
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- Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.
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