from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter.
- n. The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the return of normal uterine size.
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- n. The period of time lasting around a month immediately following childbirth, when the mother’s uterus shrinks back to its prepartum state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The puerperal state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. time period following childbirth when the mother's uterus shrinks and the other functional and anatomic changes of pregnancy are resolved
Latin, childbirth, from puerpera, a woman in childbed; see puerperal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)