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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"
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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
References in classic literature ?
Beaming maternally on Ethan, she bent over to add: "I on'y just heard from Mr.
Madame de Gondelaurier herself, still maternally seated in her big arm- chair, had not the heart to scold him.
Transplantation of embryonic nuclei into enucleated eggs, without transfer, for research that aims to circumvent or correct an inherited cytoplasmic defect (for example, some forms of maternally transmitted diabetes or deafness).
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Thank you for your valuable comments on our paper, “A Mitochondrial DNA A8701G Mutation Associated with Maternally Inherited Hypertension and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in a Chinese Pedigree.
It coincides with translation and degradation of maternally provided transcripts, initiation of global transcription called zygotic genome activation (ZGA), and epigenetic reprogramming of germline chromatin states into an embryonic state.
It's unknown how the virus is transmitted, but the fact that it was not found in very young infants' fecal samples suggests that it is not passed along maternally, but acquired during childhood.
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).
Passive immunity can, however, block the production of serum antibodies when vaccine is administered to calves that have maternally derived antibodies (5).
Britain could become the first country in the world to allow babies to be born with three genetic parents to prevent the transmission of maternally inherited mitochondrial disorders.
Loria, assistant research scientist in Pollock's lab and also a co-author on the new abstract, has shown that the blood pressure of maternally separated rats goes up more in response to angiotensin II and their heart rates go higher as well.
A paternally expressed QTL was defined as the one which shows a significant allelic effect when inherited from the sires and non-significant allelic effect when inherited from the dams of the progeny, and vice versa for maternally expressed QTL.