[ af-ter-kair, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌkɛər, ˈɑf- /

noun Medicine/Medical.

the care and treatment of a convalescent patient.


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Origin of aftercare

First recorded in 1755–65; after + care Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for aftercare

/ (ˈɑːftəˌkɛə) /


support services by a welfare agency for a person discharged from an institution, such as hospital, hostel, or prison
med the care before and after discharge from hospital of a patient recovering from an illness or operation
any system of maintenance or upkeep of an appliance or productcontact lens aftercare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for aftercare

[ ăftər-kâr′ ]


Follow-up care provided after a medical procedure or treatment program.
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