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puerperal

[ pyoo-ur-per-uhl ]
/ pyuˈɜr pər əl /
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adjective
of or relating to a woman in childbirth.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM puerperal

post·pu·er·per·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puerperal

puerperal
/ (pjuːˈɜːpərəl) /

adjective
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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Medical definitions for puerperal

puerperal
[ pyōō-ûrpər-əl ]

adj.
Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.
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