American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The afterbirth.
- n. Plural form of secundine.
- Middle English secundinas, from Late Latin secundīnae, from secundus, following; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To procure the expulsion of the secundines, apply a sternutatory, and shut the nostrils and mouth.”
“Moreover, it is probable that the first production out of the earth, which was then vigorous and perfect, was self-sufficient and entire, nor stood in need of those secundines, membranes, and vessels, which now Nature forms to help the weakness and supply the defects of breeders.”
“It was the birth of twins enclosed in their secundines.”
“There was no possibility that this was a case of retained secundines.”
“Woodson 3.47 speaks of a case of twins, one of which was born enveloped in its secundines.”
“The secundines weighed ten pounds and there were nine quarts of amniotic fluid.”
“Woodson speaks of a case of twins, one of which was born enveloped in its secundines.”
“Frequently the patient will survive, escaping blood poisoning, and the secundines will be cast off in a state of disorganization.”
“At times, he does still more by kneading, with a view to pressing the secundines out of the uterine cavity, but if these efforts fail while the patient is in their usual obstetric position, the semi-recumbent, she is raised to an erect position and then, well supported, the manipulations of the uterine globe are continued, and a more firm traction is made upon the cord.”
“At the same time, if thought necessary, an assistant will press (by spreading the fingers of both hands) and even kneed the abdomen, with the view of pressing the secundines out of the uterine cavity.”
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