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Wondrous Words Wednesday

April 11, 2018

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This word is from SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult.

1. gravida – “His mother — my patient —  was a thirty-year-old gravida 1 para 1 who had received prenatal care including an ultrasound, but the baby had been positioned in a way that the facial deformity hadn’t been visible.”

A gravida is a pregnant woman.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2018 9:23 am

    I haven’t posted a word for a while, but came across one this week I had to look up.

  2. April 11, 2018 9:49 am

    That would be nope. Didn’t know it.

  3. April 11, 2018 10:26 am

    I knew it! But that is cos gravid means pregnant here

  4. April 11, 2018 10:35 am

    I read this book but I missed that word.

  5. April 11, 2018 10:42 am

    No idea.

  6. April 11, 2018 12:15 pm

    I LOVED this book, and luckily, because of my PT background, my physician husband, and my experience delivering four babies, I knew this term. How did you like the book?

  7. April 11, 2018 12:17 pm

    Definitely a new word on me, but then, aren’t all medical terms really obscure and designed to confuse the lay person!

    I have never read a Jodi Picoult book, they have simply not appealed to me somehow, although several of my friends and fellow bloggers, tell me I don’t know what I am missing – Maybe one day?

    Thanks for sharing and hosting WWW 🙂


  8. Patty permalink
    April 11, 2018 3:53 pm

    That’s a new one for me!

  9. April 11, 2018 4:32 pm

    I would not have guessed that word although the Italian word for pregnancy is gravidanza so this must be a Latin-based word.

  10. April 11, 2018 6:16 pm

    I didn’t know what the word meant.

  11. April 12, 2018 1:09 am

    I never heard of this word for a pregnant woman before!

  12. April 12, 2018 5:19 pm

    I was tickled to hear the term “elderly primigravida,” which is what several of my friends were (first-time pregnancy when the woman is over the age of 35) on an episode of the show Call the Midwife.

  13. April 14, 2018 8:11 am

    Somehow (like “Fiction-Books”) I ‘ve never read anything by Jodi Picoult. Reviews just don’t get to me on her stuff. I only knew the word “gravid” as a term for lab animals.

    best… mae at

  14. bookingmama permalink
    April 24, 2018 6:30 am

    Isn’t it funny how most of us don’t know that word? Why not just say pregnant?

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