par·​tu·​ri·​ent | \ pär-ˈtu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce parturient (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r- \

Definition of parturient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bringing forth or about to bring forth young
2 : of or relating to parturition



Definition of parturient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a parturient individual

Examples of parturient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s something though, in this ceremony, that usually stays buried: the struggle of the parturient that accompanies the tremble of creation; the mother’s womb where poetry blooms, from shape to shape. Eliza Huber,, "Gucci’s Version Of A Quarantine Is Extremely Chic," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of parturient


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parturient


borrowed from Latin parturient-, parturiens, present participle of parturīre "to be in labor, be ready to give birth," from partus (past participle of parere "to give birth to, bring into being, produce") + -urīre, desiderative suffix; parere, going back to Indo-European *perh3-/*pr̥h3- "bring forth, give rise to, produce," whence also Old Irish ernaid "(s/he) bestows, grants," Greek époron "(s/he) provided, gave, granted," Sanskrit pṛṇā́ti "(s/he) gives, bestows"

Note: Usually included as prefixed forms of the verb pariō, parere are comperio, comperīre "to discover, ascertain" and reperiō, reperīre "to find, discover," though these might equally well belong to the base of perītus "practiced, experienced," experior, experīrī "to put to the test, attempt, have experience of, undergo," etc. (see etymology and note at peril entry 1). See also pare.


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“Parturient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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par·​tu·​ri·​ent | \ pär-ˈt(y)u̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce parturient (audio) \

Medical Definition of parturient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bringing forth or about to bring forth young
2 : of or relating to parturition parturient pangs
3 : typical of parturition the parturient uterus



Medical Definition of parturient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a parturient individual parturients are at high risk for aspiration— R. M. Meyer

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