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Definition of the adjective maternal

What does maternal mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more maternal / most maternal

  1. characteristic of a mother
  2. relating to or derived from one's mother
  3. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
  4. related on the mother's side
    • example: my maternal grandmother
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonyms of maternal: enate / enatic
    • similar: related

Alternative definition of the adjective maternal


  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. [anatomy, medicine] Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.


"Maternal" is a 2011 animated short film directed by Jean Baptiste Bister, Matthieu Gouget de Landres, Marine Perraudin, and Guilhem Salines.

Phrases with Maternal

Phrases starting with the word Maternal:

  1. Maternal Aunt
  2. Maternal death
  3. Maternal Uncle
  4. Maternal Cousin
  5. Maternal Custody
  6. maternal quality
  7. Maternal Filicide
  8. maternal language
  9. Maternal Grandfather
  10. Maternal grandmother
  11. maternal-infant bonding

Phrase ending with the word Maternal:

  1. Feto-Maternal

Other phrases containing the word Maternal:

  1. Direct Maternal Death
  2. Indirect Maternal Death

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Maternal

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Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2012)

Volume 22: Science and Medicine by James G. Thomas Jr., Charles Reagan Wilson

Maternal health and child health in urban settings occur within a social, political, environmental, and economic context. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the developmental environment can determine various physiological ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Behavioral and physical factors may further complicate maternal risk status. “ Weathering”: sharp age-related risk of • poor pregnancy outcomes in black highrisk mothers and those with low socioeconomic factors and neighborhood poverty.

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Quotes about Maternal

I have always had strong maternal instincts. Even when I was still a child I cut out pictures of prams from newspapers and imagined the feeling of pushing my own pram through fresh winter snow and seeing the wheels' tracks behind me in the snow. (Agnetha Faltskog)
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Scrabble value of M3A1T1E1R1N1A1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of MATERNAL

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