afterbirth

noun
af·​ter·​birth | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌbərth How to pronounce afterbirth (audio) \

Definition of afterbirth

: the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled after delivery

Examples of afterbirth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then huddling slave women surround a bloody afterbirth plopped onto a cabin floor. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 Some cows appear to still have afterbirth hanging from their bodies as they are milked and others are seen with eyes that appear infected. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2019 When a baby was born on Sapelo, the afterbirth was always buried to tie it to the island. The Economist, 26 Oct. 2017 Those results may shed more light on whether downing afterbirth is actually something to consider. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of afterbirth

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterbirth

after- + birth entry 1

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“Afterbirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afterbirth. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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afterbirth

noun
af·​ter·​birth | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌbərth How to pronounce afterbirth (audio) \

Medical Definition of afterbirth

: the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled after delivery

called also secundines

More from Merriam-Webster on afterbirth

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