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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
infant/child/maternal/adult mortality
▪ an appallingly high infant mortality rate number of babies who die
maternal instinct (=the instinct of a mother)
▪ Kate's maternal instinct told her to pick the child up and comfort it.
▪ As Appendix Table A. 10 shows, in the communities studies, rising maternal age has an increasingly deleterious effect on viability.
▪ As mentioned above, the rate of reduction in the level of infant mortality was not uniform in each maternal age group.
▪ It should be noted that, jointly with maternal age, parity is also associated with maternal mortality.
▪ Each extra year of school also reduces the birthrate and cuts maternal deaths.
▪ Illegal abortion was the leading cause of maternal death before Roe v. Wade.
▪ Ayear after the ban was lifted, the number of maternal deaths fell by half.
▪ Behavioural problems at 3-4 years of age have also been associated with maternal depression, both concurrent and postnatal.
▪ We are to christen this child Pilade, being the name of Ferdinando's maternal grandfather whom he wishes to honour.
▪ He inherited the honorary title from his maternal grandfather, William Harold Pearson.
▪ Her background was middle-class, cultured, my maternal grandfather being a rabbi.
▪ It was the only time in her life that she had noticed her maternal grandmother at a disadvantage, on the defensive.
▪ Pataki later revealed that his maternal grandmother and an uncle had entered the country illegally.
▪ My maternal grandmother was a strong-willed woman.
▪ My maternal grandmother, Ke-Son, was the only other person who went with him, as had been planned.
▪ Three drops of herbal potion placed on my tongue by my maternal grandmother saved my life.
▪ E.'s maternal grandparents applied for residence and contact orders and on 18 February 1992 all the applications were consolidated.
▪ Her maternal grandparents had come to New York for the occasion.
▪ Dorothy, the eldest, went to the maternal grandparents, where she stayed for a number of years.
▪ And these patterns determine, at least inpart, the viability of the offspring, infant and childhood mortality conditions and maternal health.
▪ Pity probably, and an over-developed maternal instinct.
▪ They would think her maternal instinct outraged at the extraction of her child?
▪ The maternal instinct can't be dumped, even when you've got rid of your baby.
▪ A strong maternal instinct takes over.
▪ The sensible diet and strict routine also did him good, but the surrogate maternal love was best of all.
▪ They're depriving their children of the maternal love that is the child's by right.
▪ There had been no gush of maternal love.
▪ He didn't know how it had happened, but Sarah was giving all her maternal love to the wrong child.
▪ She could see no sign of maternal love in her daughter.
▪ The real frequency of worldwide maternal mortality may be as much as three to five times higher than this ratio.
▪ In some places, it meant maternal mortality and female infanticide.
▪ None the less, the London Bills of Mortality suggest that maternal mortality halved from 1700 to 1800.
▪ It should be noted that, jointly with maternal age, parity is also associated with maternal mortality.
▪ In other studies information on maternal smoking during pregnancy was not available.
▪ His maternal uncle, William Dauney, had been an architect in Aberdeen.
▪ Even during the operation, performed by other maternal uncles, there is much talking, humour and giving of advice.
▪ What is to be made of this extraordinary permissiveness on the part of the maternal uncle?
Maternal smoking increases the risk of low birth weight.
▪ Aunt Mary was a large, maternal woman who worked as a nurse in a children's hospital.
▪ I get sort of maternal when I'm around those kids.
▪ Lack of maternal love can have a profound effect on a child's psychological development.
▪ My oldest sister, Roberta, used to fuss over me in a rather maternal manner.
▪ The older girls seemed to feel quite maternal towards the younger ones.
▪ Also, he has the confidence to let me know when I use my maternal prerogative to automatically overrule him.
▪ At first, reading this passage I let out a gasp: I had never seen maternal ambivalence described on the page.
▪ His maternal uncle, William Dauney, had been an architect in Aberdeen.
▪ Our results pertain to a sample of 101 subjects, in many of whom the birth weight was obtained by maternal recall.
▪ The content of the false self rises out of maternal expectations and claims.
▪ They would think her maternal instinct outraged at the extraction of her child?
▪ Though maternal age and birth order have an independent effect on the viability of the fetus, that act together.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Maternal \Ma*ter"nal\, a. [F. maternel, L. maternus, fr. mater mother. See Mother.] Of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness.

Syn: See Motherly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., from Old French maternel (14c.), from Vulgar Latin *maternalis, from Latin maternus "maternal, of a mother," from mater "mother" (see mother (n.1)).


a. 1 Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly. 2 Related through the mother, or her side of the family. 3 (context anatomy medicine English) Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.

  1. adj. characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers [ant: paternal]

  2. relating to or derived from one's mother; "maternal genes"

  3. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent; "parental guidance" [syn: parental, paternal] [ant: filial]

  4. related on the mother's side; "my maternal grandmother" [syn: enate, enatic, maternal(p)]


Usage examples of "maternal".

The Abies children would be turned over to their maternal grandparents following a nutritious meal, routine physical and psychological examinations, and subsequent individual questioning.

And so we descended to a new rung of hell, the Maternal Ageist Society.

In his later statistics Morisani gives 55 cases with 2 maternal deaths and 1 infantile death, while Zweifel reports 14 cases from the Leipzig clinic with no maternal death and 2 fetal deaths, 1 from asphyxia and 1 from pneumonia, two days after birth.

It was already beyond maternal porterage, and Caddles, staggering indeed, but grinning triumphantly at quantitatively inferior parents, bore it back to the free-sitting occupied by his party.

He had seen through the maternal precautions the last time he was at home, and talking with Cupples about it, who secretly wished for no better luck than that Alec should fall in love with Annie, had his feelings strengthened as to the unkindness, if not injustice, of throwing her periodically into such a dungeon as the society of the Bruces.

A marriageable young lady is a product of maternal industry, which takes ten years to fructify, and needs from five to six more years of study on the part of the husband to purify, strip, and restore to its real shape.

November, 1893, Hirst reported 212 operations since 1887, with a maternal mortality of 12.

There is but one blot upon the escutcheon of the family, put there by a recent incumbent who developed a mania at once cannibalistic and infanticidal, and set about making a free lunch of her offspring, in direct violation of the Raines law and the maternal instinct.

The special kind of sentiment, then, between George Sand and Chopin, Just as between Lucrezia and Prince Karol, was just this: love with maternal affection.

The sum total of the eggs is divided into five or six small, flat, lentiform pockets, which, taken together, occupy the greater part of the maternal home.

Does that make me a patronizing Western imperialist who wants to deprive a child of its culture merely to satisfy my mawkish maternal needs?

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My maternal grandfather was Taj brant Parada sek Amurath sek Ledaa sek Shahriar sek Naxina.

Her headache reawoke and her eyes and throat were seared raw, but Roz held her and rocked her, more maternal and comforting than Kate would have imagined possible.

If she had thought he had only the usual portion of a younger son, she might believe maternal duty demanded that she do whatever was necessary to secure Skoal for her daughter.