Lochia

The fluid that weeps from the vagina for a week or so after delivery of a baby. At first the lochia is primarily blood, followed by a more mucousy fluid containing dried blood, and finally a clear-to-yellow discharge.
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Discharges from the vagina of mucus, blood, and tissue debris, following childbirth. [G. neut. pl. of lochios, relating to childbirth, fr. lochos, childbirth]
- l. alba the last discharge no longer tinged with blood.
- l. rubra the initial discharge stained with blood.
- l. sanguinolenta thick, dark red vaginal discharge seen a few days after delivery.
- l. serosa a thin and watery l..

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lo·chia 'lō-kē-ə, 'lä- n, pl lochia a discharge from the uterus and vagina following delivery
lo·chi·al -əl adj

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n.
the material eliminated from the uterus through the vagina after the completion of labour. The first discharge, lochia rubra (lochia cruenta), consists largely of blood. This is followed by lochia serosa, a brownish mixture of blood and mucus, and finally lochia alba (lochia purulenta), a yellowish or whitish discharge containing microorganisms and cell fragments. Each stage may last for several days.
lochial adj.

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lo·chia (loґke-ə) [Gr. lochia] the vaginal discharge that takes place during the first week or two after childbirth. lochial adj

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Lochia — Lochia, griech., Kindbetterinreinigung; Lochiorrhagie, Mutterblutfluß; Lochodochium, Gebärhaus …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • LOCHIA — urbs turonensis prov. Lochos vulgo, ad Ingerem fluv. cum arce munita. 7. leuc ab ambacia in Austr. 9. a Caesaroduno Turonum, 22. a Biturico in Occ. In crypta subterranea arcis illi adiunctae repertum fuit corpus viri, ftaturae rarae, omnium huius …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • lochia — (n.) discharge from the uterus after childbirth, 1680s, Modern Latin, from Gk. lokhia, neut. pl. of lokhios pertaining to childbirth, from lokhos a lying in, childbirth, also, an ambush, from PIE root *legh to lie, lay (see LIE (Cf. lie) (v.2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lochia — [lō′kē ə, läk′ē ə] n. [ModL < Gr, neut. pl. of lochios, of childbirth < IE * loghos, bed < base * legh , to LIE1] the uterine discharge from the vagina that occurs for several days after childbirth …   English World dictionary

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  • lochia — n. the material eliminated from the uterus through the vagina after the completion of labour. The first discharge, lochia rubra (lochia cruenta), consists largely of blood. This is followed by lochia serosa, a brownish mixture of blood and mucus …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • lochia — noun Normal post partum vaginal discharge; blood, mucus, and placental tissue that are discharged from a females vagina (similar to menstruation) for several weeks after she has given birth. See Also: lochial, lochia rubra, lochia serosa, lochia… …   Wiktionary

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