puerperium

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EtymologyEdit

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/

NounEdit

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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