from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following birth.
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- 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
The placenta is also called the afterbirth; however, birthing the placenta is an important part of the process of birth.
The placenta (sometimes called afterbirth) connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall and supplies the fetus with oxygen and food.
The placenta, often called afterbirth, is no afterthought she says, but a real tool for future health care.
The "afterbirth" goes in the "garbage can" anyway and it is full of usable stem cells!
People can get infected through contact with infected materials such as afterbirth, aborted fetuses and milk.
In the mare the _retention of the fetal envelopes_ or "afterbirth" is commonly due to the muscles of the womb not contracting properly following birth.
For the calend mumming; the extraordinary and obscene Modranicht; the cake in honour of Mary's "afterbirth", condemned (692) at the Trullan Council, canon 79; the Tabulæ Fortunæ
This comes away as the "afterbirth" at parturition; at the same time, the part of the mucous lining of the womb that has united inseparably with the chorion is torn away; hence it is called the decidua ( "falling-away membrane"), and also the
LABOR seems completed with the expulsion of the child, the one act upon which the efforts of the accoucheur and the expectations of the patient have centred, the culmination of hours of suffering and anxiety; both feel as if their work were completed, and but little thought is given by either to the remaining afterbirth which is usually expelled without much suffering to the mother, and if nature be not interfered with, rarely calls for any exertion on the part of the attendant.
"afterbirth," and when it is retained instead of being expelled is apt to cause serious trouble.