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afterpain

(ˈɑːftəˌpeɪn)
n
1. another name for afterpains
2. (Medicine) any pain that follows its cause only after a certain delay
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af•ter•pain

(ˈæf tərˌpeɪn, ˈɑf-)

n.
any discomfort arising from the normal contractions of the uterus following childbirth, sometimes continuing for several days postpartum.
[1550–60]
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