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
Synonyms: gestation pregnancy
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
Synonyms: motherhood
Related terms: kinship
Similar spelling:   Mattern