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afterbirth

Syllabification: af·ter·birth
Pronunciation: /ˈaftərˌbərTH
 
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Definition of afterbirth in English:

noun

The placenta and fetal membranes discharged from the uterus after the birth of offspring.
Example sentences
  • A placenta or afterbirth is attached to the wall of the uterus and is the source of food and oxygen for the puppy inside the matron.
  • Display the position of the afterbirth so that any problems arising from its incorrect positioning can be safely managed.
  • The calf must have been delivered through the birth canal (the uterus was intact) and then both it and the afterbirth were abducted.

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