in·​tra·​uter·​ine | \ ˌin-trə-ˈyü-tə-rən How to pronounce intrauterine (audio) , -ˌrīn, -(ˌ)trä- \

Definition of intrauterine

: situated, used, or occurring within the uterus intrauterine insemination also : involving the part of development that takes place in the uterus intrauterine mortality

Examples of intrauterine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our doctor enthusiastically recommends trying three to four cycles of intrauterine insemination (IUI), then moving on to in vitro fertilization (IVF) if that doesn’t work., 18 Oct. 2021 One systematic review concluded that one in five women who had a miscarriage developed intrauterine adhesions and found that the D&C procedure was a risk factor for developing scarring. Sarah N. Lynch,, 15 Oct. 2021 Goidel is covered through her spouse by Aetna’s health insurance plan for Columbia University students, which provides broad coverage for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, according to the complaint. NBC News, 14 Sep. 2021 Vazquez started her in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination journey back in 2015 and the pair eventually got used to experiencing loss. Tomás Mier,, 27 July 2021 While appealing to a judge last month, Spears claimed her conservators have forced her to work nonstop, take medication that left her incapacitated, and use an intrauterine contraceptive device to prevent her from having children. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 During her recent court appearance, Spears accused her conservators of limiting her access to her kids and preventing her from having more children by forcing her to use an intrauterine contraceptive device. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 And sure enough, thanks to the scientific miracle of intrauterine insemination—abetted by suave, smiling Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan), the man wielding the all-powerful syringe—Lucy finally becomes pregnant. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 June 2021 According to the Mayo Clinic, intrauterine devices, contraceptive implants and contraceptive injections are all considered LARCs., 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of intrauterine

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Intrauterine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intrauterine

: used or occurring within the uterus


in·​tra·​uter·​ine | \ -ˈyüt-ə-rən How to pronounce intrauterine (audio) , -ˌrīn How to pronounce intrauterine (audio) \

Medical Definition of intrauterine

: of, situated in, used in, or occurring within the uterus the intrauterine environment intrauterine instillation of saline also : involving or occurring during the part of development that takes place in the uterus intrauterine infection intrauterine mortality


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