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 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,, "Life with Grace: A shocking introduction to pandemic parenthood," 23 Sep. 2020 The obstetrician lifted the newborn free of the birth canal. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "Why a Negative Test Doesn’t Guarantee You Don’t Have the Coronavirus," 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, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 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, "Males Are the Taller Sex. Estrogen, Not Fights for Mates, May Be Why.," 8 June 2020 The concern is that the baby would get stuck in the birth canal during delivery. New York Times, "5 Common Childbirth Complications," 18 Apr. 2020 Unlike those born headfirst, a breech baby has higher odds of getting its head stuck in the birth canal during labor. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, New York Times, "Can You Flip a Breech Baby in the Womb?," 15 Apr. 2020 The injuries treated by Dr. Hamlin, who died March 18 at the age of 96, were unimaginable to most people in wealthier countries: obstetric fistulas, or holes in the tissue between the birth canal and bladder or rectum. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Gynecologist Catherine Hamlin Healed Horrific Childbirth Wounds," 27 Mar. 2020 What might have happened if her baby, like mine, had been facing the wrong way in the birth canal? Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Stalking a Rustically Hip Family on Instagram," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of birth canal

1884, in the meaning defined above

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4 Oct 2020

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“Birth canal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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