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occurring before childbirth, with reference to the mother. Spelled also ante partum. Called also antepartal and prepartal.
antepartal/an·te·par·tal/ (an″te-pahr´t'l) antepartum.
Etymology: L, ante + parturire, to have labor pains
pertaining to the period spanning conception and labor.
occurring before the young is born.
see antepartum paralysis.
inability to rise, without other signs, during the last one or two weeks of pregnancy is observed in cows and rarely other species. Thought to be due to pressure of fetus on peripheral nerve supply to hindlimbs. Cesarean section is the preferred and satisfactory treatment.