postpartum

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Etymology[edit]

1844, from Latin post (after) partum (giving birth),[1] form of partus, from pariō (I give birth), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (to bring forth).

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postpartum (not comparable)

  1. (of a mother) after giving birth

Usage notes[edit]

While postpartum narrowly refers to a mother after giving birth, the similar term postnatal maybe be used either to contrast, referring to the baby after being born, or may be used synonymously, also referring to the mother.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ postpartum” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).