One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The normal discharge from the uterus after childbirth.
- ‘You will have lochia, or post-partum bleeding for up to a few weeks.’
- ‘Typically, lochia is not the result of any health complication and will end on its own when your body is ready.’
- ‘The flow of lochia is heavy following birth, and then becomes gradually lighter, lasting up to 6 weeks.’
- ‘The size of the placental bed decreases by half, and the changes in the placental bed result in the quantity and quality of the lochia that is experienced.’
- ‘The course will present an in-depth study of the general precepts for menstruation and lochia and the precepts specific to lochia, as well as a detailed study of the chronic annulment of ablution.’
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek lokhia, neuter plural (used as a noun) of lokhios ‘of childbirth’.
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