Maternity

Definition of Maternity

Ma`ter´ni`ty
n.1.The state of being a mother; motherhood.
2.The character of a mother; maternal quality; motherliness.
3.The maternity ward; the maternity department of a hospital.
a.1.Of or pertaining to childbirth or the period during which a woman is pregnant; as, maternity care; a maternity hospital.
2.For use during pregnancy; as, a maternity outfit.

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affiliation, agnation, alliance, ancestry, blood, blood relationship, brotherhood, brothership, cognation, common ancestry, common descent, connection, consanguinity, cousinhood, cousinship, enation, fatherhood, filiation, fraternity, kindred, kinship, maternalness, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, motherhood, motherliness, mothership, parenthood, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, pregnancy, propinquity, relation, relationship, sibship, sisterhood, sistership, ties of blood
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