afterpain

noun

af·​ter·​pain -ˌpān How to pronounce afterpain (audio)
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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“Afterpain.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/afterpain. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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