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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the repetitive pains occurring in childbirth. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Difficulty or turmoil associated with a development or transition: the birth pangs of an emergent democracy.

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  • n. Any of the repetitive spasms of pain associated with labour

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