- 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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Examples from the Web for puerperium
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.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
If the labour is normal and the puerperium uncomplicated, the number of leucocytes regains the normal in about a week.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
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.
- the period following childbirth, lasting approximately six weeks, during which the uterus returns to its normal size and shape
C17: from Latin: childbirth, from puerperus relating to a woman in labour, from puer boy + parere to bear
Word Origin and History for puerperium
"confinement during and after childbirth," 1863, from Latin puerperus (see puerperal).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.