birth canal


Definition of birth canal

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

Examples of birth canal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as the labor continued, the second kitten was in breech position and stuck in the birth canal. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 Many ciliates divide in the usual way by pinching in two, but some stalked or sessile ciliates push small round larvae into the world through a special birth canal. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 22 May 2021 The hallucinatory images that introduce the series—a symbolic merging of the birth canal and the Railroad; Cora’s emergence; her mother, Mabel, burying the placenta and at some point fleeing—are followed by matters very real. John Anderson, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Going through the birth canal usually helps expel fluid from a baby’s lungs, we were told, but Grace shot out of me so fast that extra fluid remained and her 37-week lungs had some trouble dealing with it. Alicia Delgallo,, 23 Sep. 2020 The obstetrician lifted the newborn free of the birth canal. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2020 The rabbit hole that transports Alice to Wonderland might as well be a birth canal concealed within the vast corpus of the earth. Longreads, 27 Mar. 2020 The width pattern holds even in species for which birthing is much easier: For example, the head of a chimp newborn is much smaller in relation to its mother’s birth canal than that of a human baby, and yet chimpanzee females still have wide hips. Quanta Magazine, 8 June 2020 The concern is that the baby would get stuck in the birth canal during delivery. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of birth canal

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birth canal was in 1884

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29 Oct 2021

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“Birth canal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of birth canal

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

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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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