One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who is giving birth for the first time.
- ‘Puerperal insanity proper comes on within one month of parturition; and, like the insanity of pregnancy, occurs most often in primiparae.’
- ‘We restricted the analysis to primiparae (73.5% of whom reported no previous pregnancies) because death of a previous baby may influence both the decision to conceive again and its outcome.’
- ‘There were no differences in age, gestational age, ratio of primiparae to pluriparae, body weight, or height between the treatment and control groups.’
- ‘Eighty one patients were multiparous, 9 had one child and 3 were primipara.’
- ‘Malaria is an important environmental factor which reduces fetal growth in primiparae more than multiparae living under holoendemic conditions for malaria.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin (feminine), from primus ‘first’ + -parus ‘bringing forth’ (from the verb parere).
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