afterpain

noun
af·ter·pain | \-ˌpān \

Medical Definition of afterpain 

1 : pain that follows its cause only after a distinct interval the afterpain of a tooth extraction

2 afterpains plural : pains that follow the termination of labor and are associated with contraction of the uterus toward its nonpregnant size

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