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From Latin puerpera


puerpera (plural puerperas or puerperae)

  1. (obstetrics) A woman undergoing puerperium; a woman whose uterus is still enlarged from pregnancy.
    • 1918, Joseph Bolivar De Lee, Principles and practice of obstetrics, page 813:
      I saw a very serious hemorrhage result from relaxation of the uterus on the eleventh day when the puerpera had been frightened by a domestic quarrel.
    • 1934, Karl Mathias Beierlein, Pamphlets and Reprints, page 350:
      Since one of the principal reasons for keeping the puerpera in a recumbent posture is avoidance of strain upon relaxed and weakened supporting structures by a large heavy uterus, the length of the stay in bed is not made a matter of routine
    • 1984, Erhard Haus, Hugh F. Kabat, Chronobiology 1982-1983, S Karger Ag
      A statistically significant circadian rhythm for urine volume was revealed in 6 of 10 pregnant women in the first trimester and in 6 of 9 puerperas on the 7th puerperal day.
    • 2011, Eberhard Merz, “Ultrasound in the Puerperium”, in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, volume 1, page 39:
      Abdominal ultrasound of the puerpera usually does not require a full bladder, because the enlarged uterus directly abuts the anterior abdominal wall and can be scanned without difficulty.
  2. (rare) A woman who has recently given birth.
    • 1731, Robert Boyle, Medicinal experiments, volume 3, page 6:
      An often proved Remedy to bring away what is, or should not be left in the Womb of a Puerpera, though it were Part of a dead Child.
    • 1860, Ignaz Semmelweis, quoted in Henry E. Brady, David Collier, Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers →ISBN, page 224
      I must acknowledge, if Kolletschka's disease and the disease from which I saw so many puerperae die, are identical, then in the puerperae it must be produced by the self-same engendering cause, which produced it in Kolletschka.
    • 1885, Hermann Heinrich Ploss, Max Bartels, Paul Bartels, translated by Eric John Dingwall, Woman: an historical, gynæcological and anthropological compendium, page 150:
      Among the ancient Iranians, the puerpera, like the menstruating woman, was regarded as "unclean".
    • 1907, Henry Jacques Garrigues, A Text-book of the science and art of obstetrics, page 243:
      With the exception of the very nearest, — for instance, the husband and the mother of the puerpera, — visitors should be kept away until she has been out of bed for a few days, and even then admitted only in small numbers and one at a time.



puerpera f (plural puerpere)

  1. A woman who has just given birth

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From puer (boy, child) + pariō (bear, give birth)



puerpera f (genitive puerperae); first declension

  1. a woman in labor or in childbed, a lying-in woman


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative puerpera puerperae
genitive puerperae puerperārum
dative puerperae puerperīs
accusative puerperam puerperās
ablative puerperā puerperīs
vocative puerpera puerperae

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