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n. pl. pu·er·pe·ri·a (-pîr′ē-ə)
1. The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter.
2. The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the return of normal uterine size.
[Latin, childbirth, from puerpera, a woman in childbed; see puerperal.]
1. (Gynaecology & Obstetrics) the period following childbirth, lasting approximately six weeks, during which the uterus returns to its normal size and shape
[C17: from Latin: childbirth, from puerperus relating to a woman in labour, from puer boy + parere to bear]
pu•er•pe•ri•um(ˌpyu ərˈpɪər i əm)
the four-week period following childbirth.
[1885–90; < Latin: childbirth =puerper(a) puerpera]
the state or condition of a woman during and immediately following childbirth. — puerperal, adj.See also: Birth
|Noun||1.||puerperium - time period following childbirth when the mother's uterus shrinks and the other functional and anatomic changes of pregnancy are resolved; "a perinatologist cared for her during the puerperium"|
n. puerperio. V.: post partum