Definition of afterpain in English:

afterpain

noun

  • 1Pain which follows later; an instance of this.

  • 2A painful contraction of the uterus occurring within the first few days after the completion of labour (usually in plural).

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), archbishop of Canterbury. From after- + pain.

Pronunciation:

afterpain

/ˈaftəpeɪn//ˈɑːftəpeɪn/