Afterbirth



the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus childbirth.
Contemporary Examples

Crown emerges from the bedroom with a pair of flat black slacks, the cloudy detritus of afterbirth splayed across the seat.
Idaho Woman Who Gave Birth on Highway: ‘I Had to Pull My Pants Down to Get the Baby Out’ Dale Eisinger July 9, 2014

Historical Examples

All the pots are placed near the spot where the afterbirth was buried.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

In this case the afterbirth must be removed by a quick turn.
The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher Anonymous

First:—The manner in which the afterbirth advances, whether it be much or little.
The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher Anonymous

Now one of these stones represented her future child and the other represented the afterbirth.
Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I. Sir James George Frazer

She felt another pain now, and pushed out the afterbirth with a groan.
Shaman Robert Shea

In order that girls may not grow hair on their faces, their lips and chins are rubbed with the afterbirth.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

These branching structures are loops of blood-vessels, and they form part of the placenta, or “afterbirth.”
The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction Winfield S. Hall

The afterbirth is placed in a specially prepared basket and is either hung against the side of the house or in a nearby tree.
The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao Fay-Cooper Cole

It has no further use for cord, as life does not depend upon blood from the afterbirth any longer.
Philosophy of Osteopathy Andrew T. Still

noun
the placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus after the birth of the offspring
n.

also after-birth, 1580s, from after + birth.

afterbirth af·ter·birth (āf’tər-bûrth’)
n.
The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following childbirth. Also called secundines.
afterbirth
(āf’tər-bûrth’)
The placenta and fetal membranes expelled from the uterus following the birth of a mammal.

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