Definition of lochia in English:



  • [mass noun] The normal discharge from the uterus after childbirth.

    • ‘The flow of lochia is heavy following birth, and then becomes gradually lighter, lasting up to 6 weeks.’
    • ‘Typically, lochia is not the result of any health complication and will end on its own when your body is ready.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will have lochia, or post-partum bleeding for up to a few weeks.’


Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek lokhia, neuter plural (used as a noun) of lokhios of childbirth.