- the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus after childbirth.
Origin of afterbirth
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Crown emerges from the bedroom with a pair of flat black slacks, the cloudy detritus of afterbirth splayed across the seat.Idaho Woman Who Gave Birth on Highway: ‘I Had to Pull My Pants Down to Get the Baby Out’
July 10, 2014
She felt another pain now, and pushed out the afterbirth with a groan.Shaman
All the pots are placed near the spot where the afterbirth was buried.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
Say what you will, their jealousy—if any—is but an afterbirth to their open admiration.Pierre; or The Ambiguities
As soon as the placenta or afterbirth is ejected this should be removed.The Pig
On my arrival, I found the child and afterbirth all in a pile.
- 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
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- The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following childbirth.secundines
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- The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following the birth of a mammal.
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