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An effect following its cause after some delay, especially a delayed or prolonged physiological or psychological response to a stimulus.
1. any result occurring some time after its cause
2. (Medicine) med any delayed response to a stimulus or agent. Compare side effect
3. (Psychology) psychol any illusory sensation caused by a stimulus that has ceased
af•ter•ef•fect(ˈæf tər ɪˌfɛkt, ˈɑf-)
a delayed effect, as one that follows at some interval after the stimulus that produced it.
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|Noun||1.||aftereffect - any result that follows its cause after an interval|
|2.||aftereffect - a delayed effect of a drug or therapy; "the drug had unexpected aftereffects"|
effect - a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"