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1. Relating to or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly: maternal instinct.
2. Inherited from one's mother: a maternal trait.
3. Related through one's mother: my maternal uncle.

[Middle English, from Old French maternel, from Medieval Latin māternālis, from Latin māternus, from māter, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

ma·ter′nal·ism n.
ma·ter′nal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.maternally - in a maternal mannermaternally - in a maternal manner; as a mother; "she loved her students almost maternally"
anyai módon
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[məˈtɜːnlɪ] advmaternamente


(məˈtəːnl) adjective
1. of or like a mother. maternal feelings.
2. related on the mother's side of the family. my maternal grandfather.
maˈternally adverb
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The researchers lacked data on maternal body mass index, smoking status, and fertility treatment, as well as causes of stillbirth, maternally requested C-sections, and the gestational ages of the stillbirths and miscarriages.
In this study, we have examined the allelic counts of 2 RNA transcripts, namely pregnancy-associated plasma protein A, pappalysin 1 (PAPPA) (5), a pregnancy-specific gene, and H19, imprinted maternally expressed transcript (non-protein coding) (H19), an imprinted maternally expressed gene (27, 28).
Mitochondrial hearing loss is inherited maternally, and is often associated with a syndrome or other muscular disease.
In the Andes, Capriles said, wild and domestic camelids have interbred in such complex ways that alpacas are maternally related to both wild vicunas and guanacos, and the same is true for llamas.
Many genetic disorders are due to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations, and virtually all mitochondria are inherited maternally.