labor pains

plural noun
  1. pain encountered during the uterine contractions of childbirth.
  2. difficulties, problems, or setbacks encountered during the initial phase of a business or project.

Origin of labor pains

First recorded in 1745–55
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labor pains in Medicine

labor pains

pl.n.
  1. Rhythmical uterine contractions that, under normal conditions, increase in intensity, frequency, and duration, and culminate in vaginal delivery of the infant.
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