Obstetric and Neonatology combining forms.
nat/o – birth
par/o, part/o – bear, give birth to, labor, childbirth
puerper/o – childbirth
When looking at the combining forms grouped by mother and child, it occurs to me that all of the combining forms relating to mother begin with “p”. A mother is a “parent,” so it helps me remember that when I see a term built from a combining form related to childbirth that starts with the letter “p” it will describe the “parent” or, more specifically, the mother. If the term is built from a combining form starting with an “n”, it will describe the child, or newborn.
Let’s apply this new information to terms using combining forms related to childbirth and consider whom the term describes.
Term Definition Who
postpartum after childbirth mother
postnatal pertaining to after birth child
para birth mother
peurperal pertaining to childbirth mother
So we have taken a step towards sorting out combining forms and terms related to childbirth. May your studies go well!
Until next time,
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 32e. (2012). Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier.
LaFleur Brooks, M., LaFleur Brooks, D. (2014). Exploring Medical Language, 9e. St. Louis: Mosby/Elsevier.