lightening

noun
light·​en·​ing | \ ˈlīt-ᵊn-iŋ, ˈlīt-niŋ How to pronounce lightening (audio) \

Medical Definition of lightening

: 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

Learn More About lightening

Dictionary Entries Near lightening

light chain

lightening

light flux

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Lightening.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/lightening. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!