Overly mature, overly developed, especially as regards a baby.
A baby born 2 weeks (14 days) or more after the usual 9 months (280 days) of gestation. The gestation (length of the pregnancy) is calculated from the date of the last menstrual period (LMP). This is an important calculation since, if delivery is delayed 3 weeks beyond term, the infant mortality rate skyrockets to 3 times normal.
The definition of a postmature infant has evolved. A few sources still consider a baby postmature if it is born a week after the usual 9 months’ gestation but the current trend is to consider a baby postmature ONLY if it is born 2 weeks (14 days) or more after the usual 9 months of gestation.
The terms “postmaturity” and “post-term” are interchangeable.
After menopause, the period of time after a woman has experienced 12 consecutive months without menstruation.
- Postmenopausal cervical kyphosis
An outward curvature (kyphosis) of the cervical vertebrae (the bones of the neck), creating a hump at the back of the neck. This condition, once thought to be a characteristic deformity of older women, was called a dowager’s hump. A dowager was a woman of high social rank whose husband was dead but who had […]
The period of time after the menopause. The postmenopause is formally defined as the time after which a woman has experienced twelve (12) consecutive months of amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) without a period. The average length of the postmenopause has been increasing. With greater longevity, a woman will soon be postmenopausal on the average a […]
- Postmortem examination
An autopsy, or an examination of a human body after death. Also called a necropsy. An autopsy can include a physical examination, examination of internal organs, and specialized laboratory studies. Autopsies may be used to help determine the cause and manner of death. Postmortem examinations have been done for more than 2,000 years but during […]
Short for postoperative; after a surgical operation. The opposite of postop is preop.