birth canal

noun

: 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 shoulder dystocia — which means the baby’s shoulder became caught in the birth canal — complicated the delivery. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 This prepares your body for the baby's passage through the birth canal. Lambeth Hochwald, Parents, 7 Jan. 2024 Testimony and an autopsy confirmed that the fetus died in utero before passing through the birth canal. CBS News, 16 Dec. 2023 In October 1994, Carr was assisting midwife Judie Pradier at a home birth in Howard County, Md., when the baby’s shoulder became stuck in the birth canal. Amy Brittain, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Babies delivered vaginally are coated in the bacteria that live in their mothers’ birth canal. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2011 Hips Widen Along with your stomach and ribcage, your pelvis must also widen to provide an easier exit down the birth canal during delivery. Jessica Migala, Health, 18 Aug. 2023 The baby could grow too large to pass safely through the birth canal. Nancy Gottesman, Parents, 14 July 2023 The soft spots exist so your baby can safely negotiate the narrow birth canal and allow for brain and skull growth in the first year. Denise Schipani, Parents, 22 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birth canal was in 1884

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“Birth canal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birth%20canal. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

birth canal

noun
: the channel through which the fetus of a mammal passes during birth

Medical Definition

birth canal

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

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