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 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,, "Fairlife, Fair Oaks Farms owners hit with lawsuit alleging fraud for claiming 'extraordinary care' of cows," 12 June 2019 When a baby was born on Sapelo, the afterbirth was always buried to tie it to the island. The Economist, "Salt marsh and sweet potatoesCornelia Bailey died on October 15th," 26 Oct. 2017 Those results may shed more light on whether downing afterbirth is actually something to consider. Amanda Macmillan,, "Placenta Pills Probably Made This Baby Sick, Doctors Say," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of afterbirth

medical : the tissues that come out of the body of a woman after she gives birth to a baby


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

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