noun, plural puerperae
[pyoo-ur-puh-ree] /pyuˈɜr pəˌri/ (Show IPA). Obstetrics.
a woman who has recently given birth to a child.
puerpera pu·er·per·a (pyōō-ûr’pər-ə)
n. pl. pu·er·per·ae (-pər-ē’)
A woman who has just given birth.
adjective 1. of or relating to a woman in childbirth. 2. pertaining to or connected with childbirth. adjective 1. of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium puerperal pu·er·per·al (pyōō-ûr’pər-əl) adj. Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.
- Puerperal eclampsia
puerperal eclampsia n. Convulsions and coma that are associated with hypertension, edema, or proteinuria, occurring in a woman immediately following childbirth.
noun, Pathology. 1. a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures. puerperal fever noun 1. a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth puerperal fever n. […]
- Puerperal metritis
puerperal metritis n. Inflammation of the uterus following childbirth. Also called lochiometritis.
- Puerperal psychosis
noun 1. a mental disorder sometimes occurring in women after childbirth, characterized by deep depression, delusions of the child’s death, and homicidal feelings towards the child