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afterbirth

[af-ter-burth, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌbɜrθ, ˈɑf-/
noun
1.
the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus after childbirth.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; after + birth
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  • afterbirth is the delivery of the placenta following the delivery of the infant.
  • One of the holes was for heating water and the other for the afterbirth.
British Dictionary definitions for afterbirth

afterbirth

/ˈɑːftəˌbɜːθ/
noun
1.
the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus after the birth of the offspring
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Word Origin and History for afterbirth
n.

also after-birth, 1580s, from after + birth.

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afterbirth in Medicine

afterbirth af·ter·birth (āf'tər-bûrth')
n.
The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following childbirth. Also called secundines.

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afterbirth in Science
afterbirth
  (āf'tər-bûrth')   
The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following the birth of a mammal.
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