prepartum

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prepartum

[-pär′təm]
before childbirth.

prepartum

just before parturition.

prepartum milking
milking of cows for a week or so before calving to reduce pressure in the udder and prevent development of udder edema, or to stimulate parathyroid activity and reduce chance of milk fever occurring. Has the disadvantage of reducing the colostral antibodies available for the calf.