maternity [mə tʉr′nə tē]
pl. maternities [Fr maternité < ML maternitas < L maternus, MATERNAL]
1. the state of being a mother; motherhood
2. the character or qualities of a mother; motherliness
3. a maternity ward in a hospital
1. for a woman when pregnant or around the time of giving birth [maternity dress, maternity leave]
2. for the care of women giving birth and of newborn babies [a maternity ward]

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