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afterload

Pronunciation: af′ter-lōd

Definition:

  1. The arrangement of a muscle so that, in shortening, it lifts a weight from an adjustable support or otherwise does work against a constant opposing force to which it is not exposed at rest.
  2. The load or force thus encountered in shortening.

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