afterload

[ ăftər-lōd′ ]

n.

The arrangement of a muscle so that it lifts a weight from an adjustable support or works against a constant opposing force to which it is not exposed when at rest.
The load or force thus encountered.

Nearby words

  1. afterheat,
  2. afterimage,
  3. afterimpression,
  4. afterlife,
  5. afterlight,
  6. aftermarket,
  7. aftermath,
  8. aftermost,
  9. afternoon,
  10. afternoon of a faun, the


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