|1.||[ noun ] the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother|
|Synonyms:||maternal_quality maternalism motherliness|
"the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"
|Related terms:||parental_quality maternal|
|2.||[ noun ] (obstetrics) the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus|
|Related terms:||physiological_state para placenta_previa trouble gravida gravidity ectopic_pregnancy entopic_pregnancy labor quickening morning_sickness cleavage phlebothrombosis stretch_mark fetal_movement endometrium bear|
|3.||[ noun ] the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother|