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maternity

 [mah-ter´nĭ-te]
motherhood.

ma·ter·ni·ty

(mă-ter'ni-tē),
Motherhood.
[see maternal]

maternity

(mə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. materni·ties
1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
2. The feelings or characteristics associated with being a mother; motherliness.
3. A maternity ward.
adj.
Relating to or effective during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first months of motherhood: a maternity dress; maternity leave.

maternity

(1) The state of being a mother; motherhood.
(2) A hospital unit dedicated to the care of pregnant women at the end of gestation, including labour and delivery, and early post natal care for the mother and infant.

ma·ter·ni·ty

(mă-tĕr'ni-tē)
Motherhood.
See: maternal