Definition of parturition in English:



formal, technical
  • The action of giving birth to young; childbirth.

    ‘the weeks following parturition’
    • ‘Although the end of puberty and the beginning of adulthood are not clearly demarcated, first conception, pregnancy, or parturition are frequently used markers.’
    • ‘Pregnancy gingivitis tends to resolve on parturition.’
    • ‘Cows that calve in hot summer months may experience a longer period from parturition to subsequent pregnancy.’
    • ‘It should however be used with caution during pregnancy, parturition and menstruation.’
    • ‘Sex differences in size and form of the pelvis are related to its function in parturition although variation in size and form are not always gender specific.’
    childbirth, giving birth, birth, birthing, delivery, labour
    confinement, childbed, accouchement, travail
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Mid 17th century: from late Latin parturitio(n-), from parturire be in labor (see parturient).