Simple Definition of maternal
: of or relating to a mother
: of or relating to a woman who is having a baby
: related through the mother
Examples of maternal
Doctors are concerned about the effects of the drug on maternal health.
<her maternal instincts told her that something was wrong>
Origin of maternal
Middle English, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French maternel, from Medieval Latin maternalis, from Latin maternus, from mater mother — more at mother
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of maternal
1: of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother <maternal instinct>
2a: related through a mother <his maternal aunt>b: inherited or derived from the female parent <maternal genes>
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