Medical Dictionary


noun uter·us \ˈyüt-ə-rəs\
plural uteri \-ˌrī\ also uter·us·es

Medical Definition of UTERUS

:  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

Illustration of UTERUS


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