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labor pains

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  1. pain encountered during the uterine contractions of childbirth.
  2. difficulties, problems, or setbacks encountered during the initial phase of a business or project.

Origin of labor pains

First recorded in 1745–55
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Historical Examples

  • After all their labor-pains, their ministerial mountain had brought forth only a mouse—and a still-born one at that.

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine


labor pains in Medicine

labor pains

pl.n.
  1. Rhythmical uterine contractions that, under normal conditions, increase in intensity, frequency, and duration, and culminate in vaginal delivery of the infant.
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