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ma·ter·ni·ty

 (mə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. ma·ter·ni·ties
1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
2. The feelings or characteristics associated with being a mother; motherliness.
3. A maternity ward.
adj.
Relating to or effective during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first months of motherhood: a maternity dress; maternity leave.

[French maternité, from Medieval Latin māternitās, from Latin māternus, maternal; see maternal.]

maternity

(məˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
n
1. motherhood
2. the characteristics associated with motherhood; motherliness
3. (modifier) relating to pregnant women or women at the time of childbirth: a maternity ward.

ma•ter•ni•ty

(məˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n.
1. the state of being a mother.
2. motherly quality; motherliness.
3. a section of a hospital devoted to the care of women at childbirth and of their newborns.
adj.
4. applicable for mothers before, during, and after childbirth: maternity leave.
5. suitable for wear by pregnant women: maternity clothes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maternity - the state of being pregnantmaternity - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
fetal movement, foetal movement - motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy)
amnio, amniocentesis - (pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
stretch mark - a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin (as on abdominal skin after pregnancy)
endometrium - (pregnancy) the mucous membrane that lines the uterus; thickens under hormonal control and (if pregnancy does not occur) is shed in menstruation; if pregnancy occurs it is shed along with the placenta at parturition
segmentation, cleavage - (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
trouble - an unwanted pregnancy; "he got several girls in trouble"
gravidation, gravidity, gravidness - technical terms for pregnancy
gravida - the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in; "in her third pregnancy a woman is said to be gravida three"
para, parity - (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered; "the parity of the mother must be considered"; "a bipara is a woman who has given birth to two children"
eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, metacyesis - pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus
entopic pregnancy - pregnancy resulting from normal gestation in the uterus
quickening - the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, labour, labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
placenta previa - pregnancy in which the placenta is implanted in the lower part of the uterus (instead of the upper part); can cause bleeding late in pregnancy; delivery by cesarean section may be necessary
phlebothrombosis, venous thrombosis - thrombosis of a vein without prior inflammation of the vein; associated with sluggish blood flow (as in prolonged bedrest or pregnancy or surgery) or with rapid coagulation of the blood
morning sickness - nausea early in the day; a characteristic symptom in the early months of pregnancy
2.maternity - the kinship relation between an offspring and the mothermaternity - the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
3.maternity - the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mothermaternity - the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother; "the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
parental quality - a quality appropriate to a parent

maternity

noun motherhood, parenthood, motherliness She had experienced maternity herself.
Translations
اُمومَه
mateřskýmateřství
fødsels-graviditets-moderskab
móîerni, óléttu-, móîur-
motinystė
dzemdību namsgrūtnieces apģērbsmaternity clothesmātes stāvoklis
doğumhamilelik

maternity

[məˈtɜːnɪtɪ]
A. Nmaternidad f
B. CPD maternity allowance Nsubsidio m de maternidad
maternity dress Nvestido m premamá
maternity home, maternity hospital Nmaternidad f
maternity leave Nbaja f por maternidad
maternity ward Nsala f de maternidad

maternity

[məˈtɜːrnɪti]
nmaternité f
modif [trousers, bra] → de grossesse
maternity clothes → vêtements mpl de grossesse
maternity dress → robe f de grossessematernity benefit n (British)allocation f de maternitématernity hospital nmaternité fmaternity leave ncongé m de maternité
to be on maternity leave → être en congé de maternitématernity pay n (British) salaire versé pendant le congé de maternitématernity ward nservice m d'obstétrique, obstétrique f

maternity

nMutterschaft f; the idea of maternity never appealed to hersie konnte sich nicht mit dem Gedanken befreunden, Mutter zu werden

maternity

:
maternity allowance, maternity benefit
n (Brit) → Mutterschaftshilfe f, → Mutterschaftsgeld nt
maternity dress
nUmstandskleid nt
maternity home, maternity hospital
nEntbindungsheim nt
maternity leave
maternity pay
n (Brit) → Mutterschaftsgeld nt (als Lohnfortzahlung)
maternity unit
maternity ward

maternity

[məˈtɜːnɪtɪ]
1. nmaternità f inv
2. adjdi maternità

maternity

(məˈtəːnəti) noun
(usually as adjective) the state of being or becoming a mother. a maternity hospital; maternity clothes.

ma·ter·ni·ty

n. maternidad;
___ hospitalhospital de ___.

maternity

n maternidad f