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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.
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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
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(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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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.
Angelman syndrome is a rare, neurogenetic disorder caused by loss-of-function of the maternally inherited allele of the UBE3A gene.
He added his sister has "completely detached herself maternally".
One is the emergence of a truly moral and ethical leader, paternally or maternally firm, administratively astute, will put the spirit of the law first and foremost to push the letter of the law to follow, and possess a vision of the future that the majority of the young can embrace with passion.
We generally carry two copies ('2n') of every gene (except for those on the Y chromosome and mitochondria), one inherited paternally and the other maternally. However, some gene products are required in different functional doses.
Wong's own mother also helps, taking care of daughter and granddaughter and perhaps giving hope to those who don't feel maternally inclined immediately after childbirth that there are many ways to be a good mother, at many different times in a child's life.
"Mutti", as the German chancellor is maternally nicknamed by her people, has been remarkably mute about Macron's blatant disregard for EU rules requiring all EU countries to keep their budget to within 3 per cent of GDP.
Maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD) is a syndromic mitochondrial disorder (MID) characterized by type 2 diabetes and hearing impairment.
He further said kids and lambs should be born from animals that had been vaccinated to prevent diseases, saying the mothers would then be able to use the immunity to protect the neonates until they lost maternally derived antibodies at about two months.