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Definition of Materfamilias

Materfamilias: The female head of the family; the mother figure. Materfamilias is the Latin for mother of the household. It is compounded from mater (mother) + familias, which comes from familia (household), from famulus (servant, slave). The masculine counterpart is the paterfamilias.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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