from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following birth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The placenta and other material expelled via the birth canal following childbirth or parturition in mammals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The placenta and membranes with which the fetus is connected, and which come away after delivery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is expelled from the uterus after the birth of a child. It includes the placenta, part of the umbilical cord, and the membranes of the ovum. Also called secundines.
- n. A posthumous birth; a birth occurring after the father's last will, or after his death: used as a translation of agnatio in Roman law.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus after the baby is born
From after- + birth (in the sense of delivery). Cognate with Danish efterbyrd ("afterbirth"), Swedish efterbörd ("afterbirth"). Compare also afterburden, afterburthen. (Wiktionary)