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Par­to and Post-Par­tum De­pres­sion

Par­to (Span­ish for “birth”) comes from the Latin par­tus, “brought forth”. That makes sense: a ba­by is just brought forth in­to the world.

From the same Latin root, we get the Eng­lish par­tum for “birth”. But that word is re­al­ly on­ly used in one con­tem­po­rary word to­day: post-par­tum de­pres­sion, the de­pres­sion a woman gets af­ter child­birth. Yes, post-par­tum is mere­ly “af­ter-birth”.

The p‑r-t root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in both words.


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