aftereffect

[ af-ter-i-fekt, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tər ɪˌfɛkt, ˈɑf- /

noun

a delayed effect; an effect that follows at some interval after the stimulus that produces it.
Medicine/Medical. a result appearing after the first effect due to an agent, usually a drug, has gone.

Nearby words

  1. aftercast,
  2. afterclap,
  3. aftercooler,
  4. afterdamp,
  5. afterdeck,
  6. afterglow,
  7. aftergrowth,
  8. afterguard,
  9. afterhearing,
  10. afterheat

Origin of aftereffect

First recorded in 1810–20; after + effect

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British Dictionary definitions for aftereffect

aftereffect

/ (ˈɑːftərɪˌfɛkt) /

noun

any result occurring some time after its cause
med any delayed response to a stimulus or agentCompare side effect
psychol any illusory sensation caused by a stimulus that has ceased
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