[af-ter-peyn, ahf-]

noun Medicine/Medical.

pain due to continuing contractions of the uterus following childbirth.

Origin of afterpain

First recorded in 1550–60; after + pain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for afterpains


pl n

cramplike pains caused by contraction of the uterus after childbirth
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Medicine definitions for afterpains




Cramps or pains following childbirth, caused by contractions of the uterus.
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