n. pl. pri·mip·a·ras or pri·mip·a·rae (-ə-rē′)
1. See primigravida.
2. A woman who has given birth to only one child.
[Latin prīmipara, one who has given birth for the first time : prīmus, first; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -para, -para.]
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