Gravida vs. Para

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  • Gravida

    In biology and human medicine, gravidity and parity are the number of times a female is or has been pregnant (gravidity) and carried the pregnancies to a viable gestational age (parity). These terms are usually coupled, sometimes with additional terms, to indicate more details of the woman’s obstetric history. When using these terms:

    Gravida indicates the number of times a woman is or has been pregnant, regardless of the pregnancy outcome. A current pregnancy, if any, is included in this count. Twin pregnancy is counted as 1.

    Parity, or “para” indicates the number of pregnancies reaching viable gestational age (including live births and stillbirths). The number of fetuses does not determine the parity. Twin pregnancy carried to viable gestational age is counted as 1.

    Abortus is the number of pregnancies that were lost for any reason, including induced abortions or miscarriages. The abortus term is sometimes dropped when no pregnancies have been lost. Stillbirths are not included.

  • Gravida (noun)

    A pregnant woman.

  • Para (noun)

    A former subunit of currency in several countries in the Ottoman/Turkish and Yugoslav regions.

  • Para (noun)

    A pregnancies, indicated by the number prepended to this word.

  • Para (noun)

    A paragraph.

  • Para (noun)

    A paratrooper.

  • Para (adjective)

    very drunk

  • Para (noun)

    a state in northern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast at the delta of the Amazon; capital, Belém. It is a region of dense rainforest.

Oxford Dictionary

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