[pyoo-er-peer-ee-uh m]

noun Obstetrics.

the four-week period following childbirth.

Nearby words

  1. puerperal metritis,
  2. puerperal psychosis,
  3. puerperal septicemia,
  4. puerperal tetanus,
  5. puerperant,
  6. puerto ayacucho,
  7. puerto barrios,
  8. puerto cabello,
  9. puerto cortés,
  10. puerto limón

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



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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Word Origin and History for puerperium



"confinement during and after childbirth," 1863, from Latin puerperus (see puerperal).

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Medicine definitions for puerperium



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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