(Greek: childbirth; vaginal discharge following childbirth)
lochia (pl) (noun)
Postpartum vaginal excretion following childbirth: Lochia, consisting of mucus, placental tissue, and blood, are discharged from a woman's vagina and takes several weeks before ceasing.
lochia alba (s) (noun) (no pl)
The final uterine discharge of mucus after childbirth: Lochia alba is the last amount of blood excretion following delivery when the amount of blood is decreased and the leukocytes are increased, usually taking 10 to 14 days.
lochia rubra (s) (noun) (no pl)
The vaginal discharge of almost pure blood immediately after parturition: Lochia rubra takes place directly following childbirth, consists of blood, mucus and pieces and bits of decidua, and lasts only 1 to 3 days.
lochia sanguinolenta (s) (noun) (no pl)
The thick, maroon-colored vaginal discharge occurring a few days after childbirth: Lochia sanguinolenta takes places 3 to 10 days after delivery and consists of mucus, blood, and bits and pieces of decidua.
lochia serosa (s) (noun) (no pl)
Vaginal discharge occurring about 5 days after delivery: Lochia serosa is the second stage of the postpartum healing process, ensues as a thin watery fluid, and has the shade of pink or brown.
lochiocolpos (s) (noun) (no pl)
Distention of the vagina by retained lochia: Expansion of the vagina, or lochiocoplpos, occurs when cellular debris, mucus, and blood is not expelled following childbirth, but is still contained within the uterus.
lochiometra (s) (noun) (no pl)
A swelling of the uterus caused by lochia not being discharged from the uterus after delivery: After giving birth to her baby, Jane had to stay in hospital because of lochiometra, which had pushed her uterus out of shape.
lochiometritis (s) (noun) (no pl)
Inflammation of the uterus following childbirth: Lochiometritis, also termed "puerperal metritis", is a puerperal infection of the uterus and can also cause death if not treated.
lochiorrhea, lochiorrhagia (s) (noun) (no pl)
A very heavy flow of discharge from the vagina of mucus, blood, and tissue debris following childbirth: When Jane went to have a check-up at her gynaecologist's, she told the doctor about the profuse outpouring of blood after delivering her baby, and Dr. Thompson diagnosed it as being lochiorrhea.
lochioschesis, lochiostasis (s) (noun) (no pl)
Suppression of the lochia discharge: Mary had to stay in hospital longer than usual after childbirth because of a case of lochioschesis, which had to be treated immediately.
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