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

  • adj. About to bring forth young; being in labor.
  • adj. Of or relating to giving birth.
  • adj. About to produce or come forth with something, such as an idea or a discovery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In labour; having recently given birth.
  • adj. About to create a new product, or float a new idea.
  • adj. Of, related to, or caused by childbirth
  • adj. Facilitating labour.
  • n. One who is in labour or has recently given birth.
  • n. A substance that facilitates labour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bringing forth, or about to bring forth, young; fruitful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bringing forth or about to bring forth young: sometimes, as in the quotation, extended to a more general use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or giving birth
  • adj. giving birth


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

Latin parturiēns, parturient-, present participle of parturīre, to be in labor, from partus, past participle of parere, to give birth; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.


  • No very definite custom or practice seems to be followed; the most common is, that several matrons preside as midwives in the lodge of the parturient, which is, especially in delayed cases, filled to suffocation with indifferently solicitous (?) relations and friends.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • Only in cases of difficult deliveries, which most often resulted in the death of the mother, child, or both, was the colonial midwife bound by any sort of legislation; in such a case it obliged her to seek a surgeon's aid for the suffering parturient.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • The midwife, situated in front of the parturient, would massage the uterus, while the tenedora supported her from the back.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • In 1912, similar goals were adopted by another group, the Israelite Female Beneficence Society (Sociedad Israelita Femenina de Beneficencia), which lent small amounts of money to the poor and helped parturient women.

    Argentina: Philanthropic Organizations.

  • Even more than the treatment of pregnant women, the field of obstetrics was perceived as an exclusively female medical trade, practiced by women trained generally in oral traditions of midwifery. 90 The midwife was responsible for preparing the parturient woman and alleviating the pain and discomfort of the birthing process.

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • The notion of improving the condition of the poor had not yet dawned on the mind of the governing class; to make the artizan and the operative self-supporting and self-respectful was a movement not merely unformulated, but a conception beyond the parturient faculty of a member of the Jacquerie.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • They gave this parturient goddess the nondescript title of "resin garden mummy 5 piece set," but her moon belly reveals the truth.

    Halloween Fertility Decor | Thingamababy

  • To her nothing already then and thenceforward was anyway able to be molestful for this chiefly felt all citizens except with proliferent mothers prosperity at all not to can be and as they had received eternity gods mortals generation to befit them her beholding, when the case was so hoving itself, parturient in vehicle thereward carrying desire immense among all one another was impelling on of her to be received into that domicile.


  • Lying behind a sheltering ledge of organic iron, one eye on his parturient spaceling while he searched out the armored killers with frugal flashes from his laser gun, he failed to notice that the Sun had gone out.

    Starchild Omnibus


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  • Parturient silences and clean landscapes offer a promise of fresh beginnings, and if certain hopes lie dormant it's only because they're gathering strength.

    Peter M. Leschak, Seeing the Raven

    December 14, 2011