postpartum

adjective post·par·tum \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈpär-təm \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of postpartum

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth
  • postpartum depression
2 : being in or used in the postpartum period
  • postpartum mothers

postpartum

adverb

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Origin and Etymology of postpartum

from the Latin phrase post partum "after childbirth," from post "after" + partum, accusative of partus "act of giving birth, childbirth," from parere "to give birth to, bring into being" + -tus, suffix of verbal nouns — more at post-, 1parturient



POSTPARTUM Defined for English Language Learners

postpartum

Definition of postpartum for English Language Learners

  • medical : relating to or happening in the period of time following the birth of a child


Medical Dictionary

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postpartum

adjective post·par·tum \ (ˈ)pōst-ˈpärt-əm \

medical Definition of postpartum

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth
  • postpartum depression
2 : being in or used in the postpartum period
  • postpartum mothers
  • postpartum hospital rooms

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postpartum

adverb

medical Definition of postpartum

: after childbirth
  • a blood sample taken 14 days postpartum
  • an infection occurred three weeks postpartum

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