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  Definition of maternity
  1. 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"
  2. the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
  3. the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
Similar Words: motherliness, maternalism, maternal quality, motherhood, pregnancy, gestation

 

Hyponyms: trouble, gravidity, gravidness, gravidation, gravida, parity, para, ectopic pregnancy, extrauterine pregnancy, ectopic gestation, extrauterine gestation, eccyesis, metacyesis, entopic pregnancy, placenta previa

 

Attributes: maternal

 

Derivational Morphology: have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expect

 

 
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