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(Medicine) a woman who has recently given birth
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(pyuˈɜr pər ə)

n., pl. -per•ae (-pəˌri)
a woman who has recently given birth to a child.
[< Latin, =puer boy, child + -pera, n. derivative of parere to bear, give birth to; compare -parous]
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Noun1.puerpera - a woman in childbirth or shortly thereafter
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
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