American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of giving birth; childbirth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of bringing forth or being delivered of young.
- n. That which is brought forth; burden; birth.
- n. The act of giving birth; childbirth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of bringing forth, or being delivered of, young; the act of giving birth; delivery; childbirth.
- n. obsolete That which is brought forth; a birth.
- n. the process of giving birth
- Late Latin parturītiō, parturītiōn-, from Latin parturītus, past participle of parturīre, to be in labor; see parturient. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“-- Like a woman in parturition, who, after having restrained her breathing for a time, at last, overcome with labor pain, lets out her voice with a panting sigh; so Jehovah will give full vent to His long pent-up wrath.”
“Their instinct comes direct from God and guides them to help themselves in parturition; the very time when the herdsman is most anxious for his herds. wild goats -- ibex (Ps 104: 18; 1Sa 24: 2). hinds -- fawns; most timid and defenseless animals, yet cared for by God.”
“Hutzal CE, Boyle EM, Kenyon SL, Nash JV, Winsor S, Taylor DJ, Kirpalani H. Useof antibiotics for the treatment of preterm parturition and prevention of neonatal morbidity: a metaanalysis.”
“Mr. Bridges, the missionary who has studied so well the Yahgans of Tierra del Fuego, states that "the names _imu_ and _dabi_ -- father and mother -- have no meaning apart from their application, neither have any of their other very definite and ample list of terms for relatives, except the terms _macu_ [cf. _magu_," parturition "] and”
“And this makes perfect sense – medically speaking, jeopardy to the mother is indivisible from jeopardy to the foetus until parturition is over.”
“So the obvious explanation is that, previously, the off-screen relegation of parturition was the result of straight sexism, and its new primacy is a good sign.”
“Poor frustrated Semmelweiss, women who died because doctors wouldn't wash, Brigid and Michael in their various painful forms of parturition – all that is the stuff of a novel.”
“So, a third European Muslim state struggles into life, its parturition attended by a gaggle of EU midwives, infuriating Serbia and Russia into the bargain.”
““An occupation requiring a woman to stand during the greater part of the day when continued up to within a few days or even hours of the time of parturition, must act to the detriment of the offspring, and there is less chance of the latter coming into the world fully grown, well-formed, and in good health.””
“She would eventually commemorate her reaction to the news of this impending geriatric parturition by naming the newborn Isaac, which means “I laughed.””
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