EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective of or relating to a woman in childbirth. pertaining to or connected with childbirth. Origin of puerperal
First recorded in
is from the
of childbirth. See
-al 1 Related forms post·pu·er·per·al, adjective
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C18: from New Latin
puerperālis relating to childbirth; see puerperium
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Word Origin and History for puerperal adj.
-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 [pyōō-ûr ′pər-əl] adj. Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.
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