af·​ter·​load ˈaf-tər-ˌlōd How to pronounce afterload (audio)
: the force against which a ventricle contracts that is contributed to by the vascular resistance especially of the arteries and by the physical characteristics (as mass and viscosity) of the blood

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“Afterload.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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