parous

adjective
par·​ous | \ ˈper-əs How to pronounce parous (audio) \

Definition of parous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having produced offspring

Definition of -parous (Entry 2 of 2)

: giving birth to : producing multiparous

First Known Use of parous

Adjective

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parous

Adjective

generalized from -parous in compounds, as an antonym of nulliparous

Adjective combining form

borrowed from Latin -parus, adjective derivative of parere "to give birth to, bring into being" — more at parturient entry 1

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The first known use of parous was circa 1889

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parous

adjective
par·​ous | \ ˈpar-əs How to pronounce parous (audio) \

Medical Definition of parous

1 : having produced offspring
2 : of or characteristic of the parous female parous relaxation of the vaginal outlet— W. H. Masters & V. E. Johnson

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