in utero

adverb or adjective
\ in-ˈyü-tə-ˌrō How to pronounce in utero (audio) \

Definition of in utero

: in the uterus : before birth a disease acquired in utero an in utero diagnosis

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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike animals, which complete most of their development in utero, plants remain relatively flexible throughout their life. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Plants Have Hormones, Too, and Tweaking Them Could Improve Food Supply," 30 July 2020 In a split decision, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that those who injure unborn babies can’t be prosecuted for child abuse, even if the infant is born and survives an in utero attack with lifelong injuries. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Personhood debate: Colorado Supreme Court rules child abuse can’t happen in the womb," 1 June 2020 But West Africa’s critically endangered Nimba toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis) is the only frog fed entirely from its mother’s resources in utero. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "This frog’s babies erupt out of its back—and other surprising ways animals give birth," 8 June 2020 According to Myka Stauffer, Huxley was diagnosed with a stroke in utero, has level 3 autism and sensory processing disorder. NBC News, "Authorities are investigating YouTubers who gave up custody of son with special needs," 3 June 2020 Some species manage to give birth to live young, yet the mother contributes little to no food in utero. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, "This frog’s babies erupt out of its back—and other surprising ways animals give birth," 8 June 2020 It's commonly used to examine and predict effects of in utero exposures and associations with development of the brain at later ages. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Any level of drinking or smoking while pregnant may affect your newborn's brain development, study says," 12 May 2020 Excessive exposure to mercury in utero produces birth defects and lifelong brain damage in children. The Economist, "Mercury rising Think a respiratory virus pandemic is a good time to cut air-quality regulations?," 25 Apr. 2020 The extremely limited data currently available indicates that the disease is not likely transmitted in utero, during labor, or via breastfeeding. Kim Velsey, Marie Claire, "IVF On Hold," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of in utero

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for in utero

Latin

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“In utero.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20utero. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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in utero

adverb or adjective
\ in-ˈyüt-ə-ˌrō How to pronounce in utero (audio) \

Medical Definition of in utero

: in the uterus : before birth a disease acquired in utero an in utero diagnosis

in utero

adverb or adjective
\ in-ˈyü-tə-rō How to pronounce in utero (audio) \

Legal Definition of in utero

: in the uterus : before birth an injury suffered in utero that her condition could possibly be linked to in utero exposureBurgess v. Eli Lilly & Co., 995 F.2d 646 (1993)

History and Etymology for in utero

Latin

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