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puerperium Line breaks: puer|per¦ium
Pronunciation: /ˌpjuːəˈpɛrɪəm/

Definition of puerperium in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
The period of about six weeks after childbirth during which the mother’s reproductive organs return to their original non-pregnant condition.
Example sentences
  • Common predisposing factors that require prophylaxis include surgery, immobilisation, pregnancy and the puerperium, and oral contraception.
  • Cognitive therapy and supportive strategies are strongly encouraged to help reduce or replace medication in patients who experience depression during pregnancy and the puerperium.
  • A significant trend to higher stage of disease was present with diagnosis later in pregnancy and the puerperium.


Pronunciation: /pjuːˈəːpər(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • I told her about my fears of a puerperal relapse.
  • It is used for inflammation, idiopathic or traumatic, or puerperal septicemia or puerperal convulsions.
  • An indigenous midwifery tradition never developed, and rates of infant mortality and puerperal infections are high.


Early 17th century: from Latin, from puerperus 'parturient' (from puer 'child' + -parus 'bearing').

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