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Meaning of maternity

ma•ter•ni•ty

Pronunciation: (mu-tûr'ni-tē), [key]
— n.
  1. the state of being a mother; motherhood.
  2. motherly quality; motherliness.
  3. a section of a hospital devoted to the care of women at childbirth and of their newborn infants.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or for the period in which a woman is pregnant or has just given birth to a child.
  2. for mothers during and after childbirth or for the care of their newborn babies: a maternity hospital.
  3. for wear by pregnant women: maternity clothes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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