Definition of maternally adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈtɜːnəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtɜːrnəli//
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  1. 1in a way that is typical of a caring mother She behaved maternally towards her students.
  2. 2through the mother; through the mother's side of the family maternally transmitted infections Property is passed down paternally or maternally, depending on the ethnic group.
  3. compare paternally