birth canal

noun

Definition of birth canal 

: the channel formed by the cervix, vagina, and vulva through which the fetus passes during birth

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Pink, hairless and blind, the newborn koala uses its tiny claws and highly developed sense of smell to make the harrowing journey from its mother’s birth canal to her pouch. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 2018 The direction the baby is facing inside the birth canal plays a role, too. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Having a C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth," 15 May 2018 Indeed, the rescuers could see the baby's head in the birth canal. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baby born practically in front yard of Greenfield home on Memorial Day," 5 June 2018 Scientists think this has to do with microbes: a baby acquires them from its mother on its way through the birth canal. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Having a C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth," 15 May 2018 In the past 50 or so years, the number of times a big baby could not fit through the birth canal increased from 30 in 1,000 births to 36. Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "We have always been mothers. But C-sections are changing how that is happening.," 10 May 2018 And the process of passing through the birth canal tends to compress babies’ skulls into a slightly elongated, cone-like shape. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Despite alien theories and novel mutations, the real Ata puzzle may be ethical," 18 Apr. 2018 Human babies are born about three months prematurely, the theory goes, because their heads, which grow rapidly, need to be able to fit through the birth canal. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, "How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business," 18 Apr. 2018 Riding in Dave’s pod is like travelling through a birth canal in which someone has thrown a rave. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made," 17 Apr. 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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birth canal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of birth canal

: the part of a mother's body that a baby passes through when it is born

birth canal

noun

Medical Definition of birth canal 

: the channel formed by the cervix, vagina, and vulva through which the fetus passes during birth

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