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puerperal

 [pu-er´per-al]
pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.
puerperal fever an infectious, sometimes fatal, disease of childbirth; until the mid-19th century, this dreaded, then-mysterious illness could sweep through a hospital maternity ward and kill most of the new mothers. Today strict aseptic hospital techniques have made the condition uncommon in most parts of the world, except in unusual circumstances such as illegally induced abortion. Called also puerperal sepsis and childbed fever.

Puerperal fever results from an infection, usually streptococcal, originating in the birth canal and affecting the endometrium. This infection can spread throughout the body, causing septicemia. The preliminary symptoms are fever, chills, excessive bleeding, foul lochia, and abdominal and pelvic pain. In acute stages, the pain spreads to the legs and chest; complications may be serious or even fatal. Treatment consists mainly of administration of antibiotics, which in most instances promptly clear up the infection. If the disease has progressed to an acute stage before treatment begins, blood transfusions may be necessary.

pu·er·per·al

(pyū-er'pĕr-ăl), Avoid the mispronunciation pwerper-ăl.
Relating to the puerperium, or period after childbirth.
Synonym(s): puerperant (1)

puerperal

/pu·er·per·al/ (-al) pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.

puerperal

(pyo͞o-ûr′pər-əl)
adj.
Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.

puerperal

[pyo̅o̅·er′pərəl]
Etymology: L, puerpus, childbirth
1 pertaining to the period immediately after childbirth.
2 pertaining to a woman (a puerpera) who has just given birth to an infant.

pu·er·per·al

(pyū-er'pĕr-ăl)
Relating to the puerperium, or period after childbirth.
Synonym(s): puerperant (1) .

pu·er·per·al

(pyū-er'pĕr-ăl)
Relating to the puerperium, or period after childbirth.
Synonym(s): puerperant (1) .

puerperal (pūer´pərəl),

adj relating to or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following. See also postpartum.

puerperal

pertaining to a puerpera or to the puerperium.

puerperal fever
puerperal laminitis
puerperal metritis
infection of the uterus in a puerperal female.
puerperal psychosis
1. whelping bitches sometimes display frenzied, destructive behavior and aggression.
2. sows, see farrowing hysteria.
puerperal tetanus
see tetanus.
puerperal tetany
see puerperal tetany.