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uterus

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noun uter·us \ˈyü-tə-rəs, ˈyü-trəs\

Simple Definition of uterus

  • medical : the organ in women and some female animals in which babies develop before birth

Full Definition of uterus

plural uter·us·es or uteri play \ˈyü-tə-ˌrī\

  1. 1 :  a muscular organ of the female mammal for containing and usually for nourishing the young during development prior to birth —called also womb

  2. 2 :  a structure in some lower animals analogous to the uterus in which eggs or young develop

Origin of uterus

Middle English, from Latin, belly, womb; probably akin to Greek hoderos belly, Sanskrit udara


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

uterus

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noun uter·us \ˈyüt-ə-rəs\

Medical Definition of uterus

plural uteri \-ˌrī\play also uter·us·es

  1. :  an organ in female mammals for containing and usually for nourishing the young during development prior to birth that consists of a greatly modified and enlarged section of an oviduct (as in rodents and marsupials) or of the two oviducts united (as in the higher primates including humans), that has thick walls consisting of an outer serous layer, a very thick middle layer of smooth muscle, and an inner mucous layer containing numerous glands, and that during pregnancy undergoes great increase in size and change in the condition of its walls—called also womb; see cervix 2a, corpus uteri, endometrium, fundus c, myometrium, perimetrium



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