Definition of maternal
- maternal love
- maternal instincts
- his maternal aunt
- maternal genes
Doctors are concerned about the effects of the drug on maternal health.
her maternal instincts told her that something was wrong
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: of or relating to a mother
: of or relating to a woman who is having a baby
: related through the mother
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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