Motherhood. [see maternal]

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ma·ter·ni·ty mə-'tər-nət-ē n, pl -ties a hospital facility designed for the care of women before and during childbirth and for the care of newborn babies
maternity adj
1) being or providing care during and immediately before and after childbirth <\maternity care> <a \maternity unit>
2) designed for wear during pregnancy <\maternity clothes>
3) effective for the period close to and including childbirth <\maternity leave>

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ma·ter·ni·ty (mə-turґnĭ-te) [L. mater mother] 1. motherhood. 2. a lying-in hospital.

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