adj. Referring to a tough period in the life of a tortured artist, unlucky pro wrestler, or anyone unfortunate enough to spend a night with your mom.
Real citation: "@AllisonJessica well, it's obvs Van Gogh. and i'm going to say it's that self-portrait he did... post-ear-ectomy."
(May 11, 2010, Andrew Sell, Twitter, http://twitter.com/andy_sell/status/13792099333)
Made-up citation: "If your spouse-to-be insists on including the word 'post-ear-ectomy' in your wedding vows, it might be a good time to run for your life or start wearing your Iron Man helmet to bed."