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afterbirth

[af-ter-burth, ahf-]
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noun
  1. 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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afterbirthamnionplacenta

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British Dictionary definitions for afterbirth

afterbirth

noun
  1. 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

n.

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

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afterbirth in Medicine

afterbirth

(ăftər-bûrth′)
n.
  1. The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following childbirth.secundines
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afterbirth in Science

afterbirth

[ăftər-bûrth′]
  1. The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following the birth of a mammal.
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