Examples of maternal in a sentence
Doctors are concerned about the effects of the drug on maternal health.
her maternal instincts told her that something was wrong
Origin and Etymology 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
MATERNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of maternal for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a mother
: of or relating to a woman who is having a baby
: related through the mother
MATERNAL Defined for Kids
Definition of maternal for Students
1 : of or relating to a mother maternal instincts
2 : related through the mother maternal grandparents
Word Root of maternal
The Latin word mater, meaning “mother,” gives us the root mater or matr. Anyone or anything maternal, such as a grandparent, is related through the mother's side of the family. Maternity is the state of being a mother. A matriarch is a woman who is the mother and head of a family. A matron is a married woman who may be a mother.
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