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maternity

 [mah-ter´nĭ-te]
motherhood.

ma·ter·ni·ty

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

maternity

/ma·ter·ni·ty/ (mah-ter´nĭ-te)
1. motherhood.

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 (mat, matern.)

[mətur′nitē]
Etymology: L, maternus, motherhood
motherhood; the character and quality of a mother.

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

maternity

motherhood and the establishment of the maternal-neonatal bond.

maternity pen
accommodation provided to encourage the establishment of the maternal-neonatal bond, to maximize the chances of survival of both and the return to a breeding status for the dam, and a good start for the growth period in the young animal. Includes maternity box stall, maternity barn.