how to pronounce maternal


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maternal is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of maternal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… for example the maternal mortality rate …”

meanings of maternal


  1. Of or pertaining to a mother; having the characteristics of a mother; motherly.
  2. Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
  3. Related through the mother, or her side of the family.


  1. A mother.
  2. A person related through the mother, or her side of the family; a maternal relative.

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