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maternity

Noun

1 the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus [syn: pregnancy, gestation]
2 the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother [syn: motherhood]
3 the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother; "the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children" [syn: motherliness, maternalism, maternal quality]

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English

Noun

  1. the state of being a mother; motherhood
  2. the state of being pregnant; pregnancy
  3. a ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born

Translations

the state of being a mother; motherhood
the state of being pregnant; pregnancy
a ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born

See also

Extensive Definition

Maternity is the social and legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a mother and her child.

See also

maternity in German: Mutterschaft
maternity in French: Maternité (état)

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