puerperal

adjective
pu·​er·​per·​al | \ pyü-ˈər-p(ə-)rəl How to pronounce puerperal (audio) \

Definition of puerperal

: of, relating to, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following puerperal infection puerperal depression

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Later in his career, Knowlton helped figure out what caused puerperal fever, write Baumrin, Cobett and Kulkarni, advancing women's health. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "This Infamous 19th-Century Birth Control Pamphlet Got its Writer Imprisoned," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of puerperal

1716, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puerperal

Latin puerpera woman in childbirth, from puer child + parere to give birth to — more at pare

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puerperal

adjective
pu·​er·​per·​al | \ pyü-ˈər-p(ə-)rəl How to pronounce puerperal (audio) \

Medical Definition of puerperal

: of, relating to, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following puerperal infection puerperal depression

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