puerperium

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin puerperium (childbed, childbirth), noun form of puerperus (of a woman in labour), adjectival form of puerpera (a woman in her childbed), from puer (boy) + pariō (I bear).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌpuː.ɝˈpiː.ɹi.əm/, /ˌpuː.ɚˈpiː.ɹi.əm/

Noun[edit]

puerperium (plural puerperia)

  1. (obstetrics) The period of time lasting around a month immediately following childbirth, when the mother’s uterus shrinks back to its prepartum state.
    • 1921, Robert Bing & Charles Lewis Allen, A Textbook of nervous diseases for students and practicing physicians: In Thirty Lectures, p84
      As exciting causes, psychic traumata, exposure to cold, the puerperium, excesses, have been brought forward.

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