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ˈæf tərˌbɜrθ, ˈɑf-af·ter·birth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afterbirthnoun

    the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus after the baby is born


  1. afterbirthnoun

    The placenta and other material expelled via the birth canal following childbirth or parturition in mammals.

  2. Etymology: From (in the sense of delivery). Cognate with efterbyrd, efterbörd. Compare also afterburden, afterburthen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afterbirthnoun

    The membrane in which the birth was involved, which is brought away after; the secundine.

    Etymology: from after and birth.

    The exorbitances or degenerations of that, whether from a hurt in labour, or from part of the after-birth left behind, produce such virulent distempers of the blood, as make it cast out a tumour. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. afterbirth

    Placental expulsion (also called afterbirth) occurs when the placenta comes out of the birth canal after childbirth. The period from just after the baby is expelled until just after the placenta is expelled is called the third stage of labor. The third stage of labor can be managed actively with several standard procedures, or it can be managed expectantly (also known as physiological management or passive management), the latter allowing the placenta to be expelled without medical assistance. Although uncommon, in some cultures the placenta is kept and consumed by the mother over the weeks following the birth. This practice is termed placentophagy.


  1. afterbirth

    Afterbirth refers to the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus following the birth of a baby. This term is generally used in the context of mammalian pregnancy. It is considered a normal part of childbirth as it was the life support system for the baby while in the womb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afterbirthnoun

    the placenta and membranes with which the fetus is connected, and which come away after delivery

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afterbirth

    aft′ėr-bėrth, n. the placenta and membranes which are expelled from the uterus of the mother after the birth.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afterbirth in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afterbirth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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