maternal maternal  /mə ˈtɜr nəl/


  1. (adj) characteristic of a mother
  2. (adj) relating to or derived from one's mother
  3. (adj) relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
  4. (adj) related on the mother's side


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  1. The scope of the maternal mortality crisis is magnified by the fact that it's a crisis that can be solved.
  2. I think that my mother was not a maternal woman.
  3. Brann has a more personal perspective on maternal and infant health than other researchers might.


  1. Minding Our Elders: Learning more about Dad

    Dear Readers: This year, thinking about Father's Day reminded me of a short trip I took with a friend last summer. Two places we visited were my parents' childhood homes. I have many happy memories of my maternal grandparents' home because my family visited often when I was young and we spent most holidays there. However, my dad's childhood home was different, since by the time I was born the ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Fargo Forum

  2. Baby Gorilla Yawns After Charming Caretakers At Columbus Zoo (PHOTOS)

    The little guy, who's technically a Western Lowland Gorilla, was born to first-time parents Kambera and Oliver on May 23. He's since been raised by animal care experts at the zoo after his mother didn't show maternal instinct, Zooborns reports, but caretakers have let the pair spend a lot of time together and plan to try and reunite them soon.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post

  3. Maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy associated with increased risk of preterm delivery

    In a study that included more than 1.5 million deliveries in Sweden, maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy were associated with increased risk for preterm delivery, with the highest risks observed for extremely preterm deliveries, according to a study in the June 12 issue of JAMA.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!


  1. Hillary Clinton, when asked about Canada's G8 plan to address infant and maternal health in the developing world, said the following: "You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and...
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Hot Air (blog)

  2. In his statement, however, Obama said he had directed his staff "to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies." "They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and...
    on Jan 23, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN

  3. The star, 74, who married her first husband, actor Julian Glover, at the age of 22, said: "I don't like families. Thank God Bill (Shepherd, her second husband) hasn't got one, either. I'm just not up for it and was never maternal...... Some friends...
    on Jul 28, 2008 By: Julian Glover Source: Garstang Today

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