light·​en·​ing ˈlīt-ᵊn-iŋ, ˈlīt-niŋ How to pronounce lightening (audio)
: a sense of decreased weight and abdominal tension felt by a pregnant woman on descent of the fetus into the pelvic cavity prior to labor

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“Lightening.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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