• WordNet 3.6
    • adj puerperal relating to or connected with or occurring at the time of childbirth or shortly following, or to the woman who has just given birth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Puerperal Of or pertaining to childbirth; as, a puerperal fever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • puerperal Of or pertaining to childbirth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Puerperal pū-ėr′pėr-al relating to childbirth—also Pūer′perous
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. puerpera, a lying-in woman; puer, child + parere, to bear: cf. F. puerpéral,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. puerpera, a woman lately delivered—puer, a child, parĕre, to bear.


In literature:

One of the patients was eighty-three years of age and had been insane forty-four years following a puerperal period.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Puerperal peritonitis may produce such a poison, and puerperal women may be very sensible to its influences, conveyed by contact or exhalation.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
In another lodging lay a woman in puerperal fever.
"What To Do? thoughts evoked by the census of Moscow" by Count Lyof N. Tolstoi
It looks like a case of puerperal peritonitis.
"Danger" by T. S. Arthur
It's puerperal fever, and Heaven knows what gave it to her, for I don't.
"Doctor Therne" by H. Rider Haggard
Within fifteen days of my return she died of puerperal fever after child-birth and the child died too.
"Indian Ghost Stories" by S. Mukerji
Another example is what is known as puerperal insanity.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
A puerperal fever, and swelled legs and thighs.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
A woman who had been recently confined lay there raving in puerperal fever.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A puerperal fever put an end to her grief, leaving a beautiful daughter motherless.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
Puerperal, or rather pupping fits, are treated of in their fitting place, and, if properly administered to, are by no means dangerous.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
The consequence was that he infected them, and puerperal fever was contracted.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
Agnes was born within a year, and the pale girl died of puerperal fever.
"Anna of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Erysipelas and Puerperal Fever, with a Short Account of both Diseases.
"History of the Discovery of the Northwest by John Nicolet in 1634" by Consul Willshire Butterfield
At what period of their life are cows the most liable to be attacked with puerperal fever?
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
In the puerperal state it is dreaded by every accoucheur.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Her daughter was taken with puerperal fever.
"Mysterious Psychic Forces" by Camille Flammarion
It is recommended as a cardiac and nervous sedative in cerebral haemorrhage and puerperal eclampsia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
The infective origin of puerperal mania is undoubted, though, as yet, no special pathogenic organism has been isolated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
In our printed lectures on puerperal fever we have taken a similar view.
"A System of Midwifery" by Edward Rigby