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
- Puerperal septicemia
puerperal septicemia n. Severe septiciemia resulting from an obstetric delivery or procedure.
- Puerperal tetanus
puerperal tetanus n. Tetanus occurring during the puerperium, caused by obstetric infection. Also called postpartum tetanus.
puerperant pu·er·per·ant (pyōō-ûr’pər-ənt) adj. Puerperal. n. A woman who has just given birth.
noun, Obstetrics. 1. the four-week period following childbirth. noun 1. the period following childbirth, lasting approximately six weeks, during which the uterus returns to its normal size and shape puerperium pu·er·pe·ri·um (pyōō’ər-pēr’ē-əm) n. pl. pu·er·pe·ri·a (-pēr’ē-ə) The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter. The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the […]
[pwer-taw ah-yah-koo-chaw] /ˈpwɛr tɔ ˌɑ yɑˈku tʃɔ/ noun 1. a city in S Venezuela, on the Orinoco River.