intrauterine device


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

called also intrauterine contraceptive device, IUD

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So that includes any form of hormonal birth control including the birth control pill, the ring, hormonal intrauterine device (or IUD), the patch, and the implant. Heather Viggiani, Glamour, 9 Oct. 2022 But Spears said she hadn’t been allowed to remove an intrauterine device for birth control or even drive. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Another is an intrauterine device, Dr. Thielen says. Meryl Davids Landau, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 Other options include the Ella pill and the copper intrauterine device, more widely known as an IUD. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 During her testimony, the Grammy winner accused her conservators of forcing her to use an intrauterine device that prevented her from having more children. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Researchers later discovered that the government subjected hundreds of thousands of Turkic Muslim women to forcible intrauterine device (IUD) insertions, sterilizations and abortions. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 An unknown number of women are experiencing vaginismus after painful contraceptive coil (also known as IUD (intrauterine device)) fittings. Ella Glover,, 17 Jan. 2022 When Zhou and his girlfriend inquired about getting a vasectomy, a doctor suggested that his girlfriend wear an intrauterine device. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Intrauterine device.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

intrauterine device


: a small plastic or metal device inserted into the uterus and left there to prevent pregnancy

called also IUD

Medical Definition

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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