umbilical cord


umbilical cord

noun

: a long, narrow tube that connects an unborn baby to the placenta of its mother

Full Definition of UMBILICAL CORD

1
a :  a cord arising from the navel that connects the fetus with the placenta and through which respiratory gases, nutrients, and wastes pass
b :  yolk stalk
2
:  a tethering or supply line (as for an astronaut outside a spacecraft or a diver underwater)
3
:  a necessary, supportive, or nurturing link or connection

First Known Use of UMBILICAL CORD

1753

umbilical cord

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of UMBILICAL CORD

: a cord arising from the navel that connects the fetus with the placenta and contains the two umbilical arteries and the umbilical vein

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