characteristic of a mother
"warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
relating to or derived from one's mother
parental, maternal, paternal(adj)
relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
enate, enatic, maternal(p)(adj)
related on the mother's side
"my maternal grandmother"
Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother, motherly.
His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.
Related through the mother, or her side of the family.
Toby is my maternal uncle.
Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
Origin: From maternel or post-Classical maternalis, from maternus, from mater.
of or pertaining to a mother; becoming to a mother; motherly; as, maternal love; maternal tenderness
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ma-tėr′nal, adj. belonging to a mother: motherly.—adv. Mater′nally.—n. Mater′nity, the state, character, or relation of a mother: motherhood: a lying-in hospital. [Fr. maternel (It. maternale)—L. maternus—mater, mother.]
The numerical value of maternal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of maternal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Traditionally the focus has been on communicable (infectious) disease and maternal and child care.
The main cause of maternal death ... is postpartum hemorrhage, which is highly preventable with the right resources.
Our mission is really to create a world of mothers who are gifted. A world that is free of maternal and infant death -- a world of gifted moms.
Women are dying from maternal complications, teens are getting pregnant and people are dying from HIV-related causes. Lives of Filipino citizens are at stake.
Our results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed and that chemotherapy can be given.
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Translations for maternal
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- εκ μητρός, μητρικός, [[από]] [[την]] [[πλευρά]] [[της]] [[μητέραGreek
- maternal, maternoSpanish
- äidinpuoleinen, äidillinenFinnish
- taobh màtharScottish Gaelic
- [[մոր]] [[կողմից]], մայրականArmenian
- 母方, 母系の, 母性Japanese
- māternus, māternālisLatin
- moederlijk, langs moeders kantDutch
- matczyny, macierzyńskiPolish
- materno, maternalPortuguese
- с материнской стороны, материнскийRussian
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