birth canal


Definition of birth canal

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

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When a baby passes through its mother’s birth canal, it is bathed in a soup of microbes. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Trials Test if C-section Babies Benefit From Mom’s Microbes," 17 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the images themselves can be arresting: #birthfilm is not a hashtag to stumble on by accident, and no person in possession of a birth canal can watch a baby crown without wincing. Los Angeles Times, "One more big push, then just say cheese!: High-end photographers enter delivery rooms," 16 Aug. 2019 There are no good stories about women's lives that are ongoing, that aren’t about the moment of walking down the aisle or having a baby coming down the birth canal. Zan Romanoff, Bon Appétit, "Two Writers on the Joys of Being Single, But Also Sometimes Dating, in Your 30s," 12 June 2019 The four imps that are quickest to crawl the three inches from the birth canal to the pouch survive. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019 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,, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 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 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 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,, "We have always been mothers. But C-sections are changing how that is happening.," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of birth canal

1884, in the meaning defined above

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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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