[sek-uh n-dahyn, -din]
Compare primine.

Origin of secundine

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin secundīnae (plural) afterbirth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for secundines


pl n
  1. physiol a technical word for afterbirth

Word Origin for secundines

C14: from Late Latin secundīnae, from Latin secundus following; see second 1


  1. botany rare one of the two integuments surrounding the ovule of a plant

Word Origin for secundine

C17: from Late Latin secundīnae, from Latin secundus following + -ine . See second 1
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Word Origin and History for secundines



"afterbirth," from Late Latin secundinae (plural), from Latin secundae "the afterbirth," shortened from secundae membranae, literally "the second membranes," from secundus "second" (see second (adj.)). Related: Secundines.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

secundines in Medicine


[sē-kŭndīnz′, sĕkən-dīnz′]
  1. afterbirth
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