from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mild fever, usually occurring at the beginning of lactation, associated with infection following childbirth.
  • n. A disease affecting dairy cows and occasionally sheep or goats, especially soon after giving birth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of fever occurring in women shortly after childbirth (previously associated with the start of lactation).
  • n. A fatal metabolic disorder in dairy cattle, occurring at the start of lactation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form puerperal peritonitis in cattle; also, a variety of meningitis occurring in cows after calving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name applied to light feverish attacks coming on shortly after childbirth, and coinciding more or less with the beginning of lactation.


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