lo·chi·a (lōkē-ə, lŏkē-ə)
The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.
[Greek lokhia, from neuter pl. of lokhios, of childbirth, from lokhos, childbirth; see legh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2022 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.