postnatal

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Etymology[edit]

1859, post- +‎ natal.[1]

Adjective[edit]

postnatal (not comparable)

  1. (of a baby) after being born, of or pertaining to the period immediately after birth
  2. (proscribed) (of a mother) after giving birth

Usage notes[edit]

In careful usage postnatal refers to the baby, after being born, while the mother, after giving birth, is referred to as postpartum. In casual usage postnatal may be used for both.

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References[edit]

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