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Definition of Maternal

Maternal: 1. Pertaining to the mother as, for example, the maternal mortality rate. 2. Related through the mother as, for example, the maternal grandparents. 3. Inherited from the mother as, for example, the maternal X chromosome.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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