Medical Dictionary


adj ma·ter·nal \mə-ˈtərn-əl\

Medical Definition of MATERNAL

:  of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of a mother <maternal instinct>
a :  related through a mother <his maternal aunt> b :  inherited or derived from the female parent <maternal genes>
ma·ter·nal·ly \-əl-ē\ adverb
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