umbilical cord


Definition of umbilical cord

1a : a cord arising from the navel that connects the fetus with the placenta and through which respiratory gases, nutrients, and wastes pass
2 : a tethering or supply line (as for an astronaut outside a spacecraft or a diver underwater)
3 : a necessary, supportive, or nurturing link or connection

Examples of umbilical cord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The delivery took place on their porch, with the help of the neighbors, who used a heated kitchen knife to cut the umbilical cord, in a year that may or may not have been 1987. Eric Boodman, STAT, "As a kid, his factory work paid for his dad’s cancer care. As an oncologist, his research offers more than survival," 24 Nov. 2020 Paramedics were called to the scene and cut the umbilical cord before taking the mother and her baby boy to Hillcrest Hospital. cleveland, "Richmond Heights police officer helps deliver baby as mother sits in car," 12 Nov. 2020 Her stomach was still covered in blood; her umbilical cord had been haphazardly cut. Washington Post, "The pandemic nearly broke this Kenyan mom of five. Then she found ‘Blessing.’," 20 Oct. 2020 An extension cord snaked across the deck, connecting his TV set to the house like an umbilical cord. Daisy Alioto, Longreads, "House of the Century," 10 Aug. 2020 Researchers should now be able to make TSCs from umbilical cord blood or from a baby’s blood or skin cells to observe how placental precursor cells emerge and interact with uterine cells. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Stem cells offer new glimpse at how the placenta emerges—and how the fetus-sustaining organ can fail," 30 Sep. 2020 Placenta art is a print is made by putting natural food safe dyes in the placenta and pressing it, along with the umbilical cord, onto acid-free paper. Natalie Morin,, "Penn Badgley & Domino Kirke Welcome Their First Child With Placenta Heart Instagram," 21 Sep. 2020 On July 14, Nicholas is to receive a transplant of umbilical cord blood from an anonymous donor. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One in a billion: Armed with a mysterious answer, Nicholas' doctors and parents weigh a risky treatment," 25 Dec. 2010 Then the baby, with an umbilical cord still attached to her belly, cried and wiggled her arms. Andrew Boryga,, "She was abandoned as a newborn. Now she’s on a mission to solve 33-year-old mystery.," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of umbilical cord

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of umbilical cord was in 1753

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“Umbilical cord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of umbilical cord

: a long, narrow tube that connects an unborn baby to the placenta of its mother

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um·​bil·​i·​cal cord | \ ˌəm-ˈbi-li-kəl- \

Kids Definition of umbilical cord

: a cord that contains blood vessels and connects a developing fetus with the placenta of the mother

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Medical Definition of umbilical cord

: a cord arising from the navel that connects the fetus with the placenta and contains the two umbilical arteries and the umbilical vein

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