puerperium

noun
pu·​er·​pe·​ri·​um | \ ˌpyü-ər-ˈpir-ē-əm How to pronounce puerperium (audio) \
plural puerperia\ ˌpyü-​ər-​ˈpir-​ē-​ə How to pronounce puerperia (audio) \

Definition of puerperium

: the period between childbirth and the return of the uterus to its normal size

First Known Use of puerperium

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puerperium

Latin, from puerpera

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“Puerperium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puerperium. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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puerperium

noun
pu·​er·​pe·​ri·​um | \ ˌpyü-ər-ˈpir-ē-əm How to pronounce puerperium (audio) \
plural puerperia\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce puerperia (audio) \

Medical Definition of puerperium

: the period between childbirth and the return of the uterus to its normal size

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