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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.
Relating to or effective during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first months of motherhood: a maternity dress; maternity leave.
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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.
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