intrauterine device


Definition of intrauterine device

: a device inserted into and left in the uterus to prevent effective conception

called also intrauterine contraceptive device, IUD

Examples of intrauterine device in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spears told Judge Brenda Penny that she's forced to use an intrauterine device (IUD), despite wanting to have more children. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Some people are scared off by accounts of the pain involved with the insertion of an intrauterine device. New York Times, 10 June 2021 The basic principle behind the IUB is the same as the copper intrauterine device (IUD). Sarah Graham,, 15 Mar. 2021 Birth control pills cost more than twice as much, roughly $11 a month, while an IUD, or intrauterine device, can cost more than $40 — more than 25 times the minimum wage. New York Times, 20 Feb. 2021 When Cheryl Dalton’s doctor tried to remove her intrauterine device, part of it became lodged in her uterus. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, 26 Sep. 2020 Doctors are starting to see the technology as another tool to combat labor pain and help ease discomfort during common procedures such as the insertion of an intrauterine device. Rachel Metz, CNN, 8 Sep. 2019 They're also recommended prior to certain procedures, such as the insertion of an intrauterine device for birth control. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 7 Jan. 2020 Depending on the type and your location, the actual intrauterine device can cost around $1,000 without insurance, and that doesn’t include the cost of the insertion and follow-up appointment. Korin Miller, SELF, 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of intrauterine device

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Intrauterine device.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intrauterine device

medical : a device that is inserted in the uterus and left there to prevent pregnancy

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Medical Definition of intrauterine device

: a usually T-shaped, plastic device that is inserted into and left in the uterus for an extended time (as five years) to prevent effective conception

Note: The intrauterine device typically contains a progestin (as levonorgestrel) or has copper wire wound around the arms and vertical stem of the "T."

called also IUCD, IUD

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