afterbirth

[af-ter-burth, ahf-]

noun

the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus after childbirth.

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Origin of afterbirth

First recorded in 1580–90; after + birth

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British Dictionary definitions for afterbirth

afterbirth

noun

the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus after the birth of the offspring
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Word Origin and History for afterbirth

afterbirth

n.

also after-birth, 1580s, from after + birth.

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Medicine definitions for afterbirth

afterbirth

[ăftər-bûrth′]

n.

The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following childbirth.secundines

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Science definitions for afterbirth

afterbirth

[ăftər-bûrth′]

The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following the birth of a mammal.
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