Paterfamilias

Medical Definition of Paterfamilias

Paterfamilias: The male head of the family; the father figure. Paterfamilias is the Latin for father of the household. It is compounded from pater (father) + familias, which comes from familia (household), from famulus (servant, slave). The feminine counterpart is the materfamilias.


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Reviewed on 9/14/2016

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