braxton hicks contractions

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Braxton Hicks contractions (ˈbrækstən ˈhɪks)
pl n
painless intermittent contractions of the womb that occur in pregnancy, becoming stronger towards full term
[C19: named after J. Braxton Hicks (1823--97), British obstetrician]

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