[muh-tur-nl] /məˈtɜr nl/
of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother:
related through a mother:
his maternal aunt.
derived from a mother:
of, relating to, derived from, or characteristic of a mother
related through the mother’s side of the family: his maternal uncle
late 15c., from Old French maternel (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *maternalis, from Latin maternus “maternal, of a mother,” from mater “mother” (see mother (n.1)).
maternal ma·ter·nal (mə-tûr’nəl)
[muh-tur-ni-tee] /məˈtɜr nɪ ti/ noun 1. the state of being a mother; motherhood. 2. motherly quality; motherliness. 3. a section of a hospital devoted to the care of women at childbirth and of their newborn infants. adjective 4. of, relating to, or for the period in which a woman is pregnant or has just given […]
- Maternity benefit
noun 1. (in the British National Insurance scheme) a payment (maternity allowance) made to a pregnant woman who usually works but does not qualify for statutory maternity pay, normally from 11 weeks before confinement for a period of 18 weeks; there is also a flat-rate benefit (maternity grant) for those on low incomes
- Maternity ward
maternity ward n. The department of a hospital that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth as well as for newborn infants.
noun 1. a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby. noun 1. a period of paid absence from work, in Britain currently six months, to which a woman is legally entitled during the months immediately before and after childbirth