from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Medicine The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Normal post-partum vaginal discharge; blood, mucus, and placental tissue that are discharged from a female's vagina (similar to menstruation) for several weeks after she has given birth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The discharge from the womb and vagina which follows childbirth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In medicine, the evacuations from the womb and vagina which follow childbirth.
  • n. In Greek myth, a surname of the goddess Artemis (Diana), as the protectress of women in childbirth.
  • n. [NL.] A genus of noctuid moths of the subfamily Cosmiinæ, based upon the Australian L. apicalis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth


Greek lokhia, from neuter pl. of lokhios, of childbirth, from lokhos, childbirth; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lochia, from Ancient Greek λοχεία, neuter plural of λοχείος ("of childbirth"), from λόχος (lokhos, "childbirth"). (Wiktionary)



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