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umbilical cord

noun

Simple Definition of umbilical cord

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

Full Definition of umbilical cord

  1. 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. 2 :  a tethering or supply line (as for an astronaut outside a spacecraft or a diver underwater)

  3. 3 :  a necessary, supportive, or nurturing link or connection

1753

First Known Use of umbilical cord

1753


UMBILICAL CORD Defined for Kids

umbilical cord

noun um·bil·i·cal cord \ˌəm-ˈbi-li-kəl-\

Definition of umbilical cord

  1. :  a cord that contains blood vessels and connects a developing fetus with the placenta of the mother




Medical Dictionary

umbilical cord

noun

Medical Definition of umbilical cord

  1. :  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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