puerpera (plural puerperas)

  1. (obstetrics) A woman undergoing puerperium; a woman whose uterus is still enlarged from pregnancy.
    • 1984, Erhard Haus, Hugh F. Kabat, Chronobiology 1982-1983, S Karger Ag
      A statistically significant circadian rhythm for urine volume was revealed in 6 of 10 pregnant women in the first trimester and in 6 of 9 puerperas on the 7th puerperal day.
  2. (rare) A woman who has recently given birth.
    • 1860, Ignaz Semmelweis, quoted in Henry E. Brady, David Collier, Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ISBN 9781442203457, page 224
      I must acknowledge, if Kolletschka's disease and the disease from which I saw so many puerperae die, are identical, then in the puerperae it must be produced by the self-same engendering cause, which produced it in Kolletschka.

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