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      adj   of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium  
     (C18: from New Latin puerperalis relating to childbirth; see puerperium)  

puerperal fever  
      n   a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth  
puerperal psychosis  
      n   a mental disorder sometimes occurring in women after childbirth, characterized by deep depression, delusions of the child's death, and homicidal feelings towards the child  
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