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puerperium

[ pyoo-er-peer-ee-uhm ]

noun

, Obstetrics.
  1. the four-week period following childbirth.


puerperium

/ pjʊəˈpɪərɪəm /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of puerperium1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of puerperium1

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

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Example Sentences

If the labour is normal and the puerperium uncomplicated, the number of leucocytes regains the normal in about a week.

There is always a possibility of collapse in the third stage or during the puerperium.

In the puerperium it is often an infection brought on by dirty midwives or physicians.

It is as physiological as any other somatic change in the puerperium.

Clean walls, clean floors, and a scrupulously clean bed must be maintained throughout the puerperium.

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