puerperium

noun
pu·​er·​pe·​ri·​um | \ ˌpyü-ər-ˈpir-ē-əm \
plural puerperia\ ˌpyü-​ər-​ˈpir-​ē-​ə \

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

noun
pu·​er·​pe·​ri·​um | \ ˌpyü-ər-ˈpir-ē-əm \
plural puerperia\ -​ē-​ə \

Medical Definition of puerperium

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

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