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[af-ter-peyn, ahf-]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. pain due to continuing contractions of the uterus following childbirth.
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Origin of afterpain

First recorded in 1550–60; after + pain
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British Dictionary definitions for afterpains


pl n
  1. cramplike pains caused by contraction of the uterus after childbirth
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afterpains in Medicine


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