[ pyoo-er-peer-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌpyu ərˈpɪər i əm /

noun Obstetrics.

the four-week period following childbirth.

Origin of puerperium

1885–90; < Latin: childbirth, childbed, equivalent to puerper(us) of a woman in labor (puer boy, child + -perus bringing forth, akin to parere to bear, breed) + -ium -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for puerperium


/ (pjʊəˈpɪərɪəm) /


the period following childbirth, lasting approximately six weeks, during which the uterus returns to its normal size and shape

Word Origin for puerperium

C17: from Latin: childbirth, from puerperus relating to a woman in labour, from puer boy + parere to bear
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Medicine definitions for puerperium


[ pyōō′ər-pîrē-əm ]

n. pl. pu•er•pe•ri•a (-pîrē-ə)

The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter.
The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the return of normal uterine size.
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