umbilical cord


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

Examples of umbilical cord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The woman who found the mother and child cut the umbilical cord and attempted to care for the baby while waiting for paramedics, police say. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 July 2024 Stotts is accused of leaving her newborn daughter there after failing to seek medical care after giving birth and failing to clamp the umbilical cord, causing the baby girl to bleed to death. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 July 2024 The Risks of Energy Drinks During Pregnancy When pregnant, a placenta grows in your uterus and supplies the baby with food and oxygen through the umbilical cord. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 1 July 2024 Shortly after arriving, Anya went into the bathroom and delivered the stillborn baby alone, blood hemorrhaging from her body onto the floor and the umbilical cord dangling and still attached to her lifeless daughter. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for umbilical cord 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Umbilical cord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

umbilical cord

um·​bil·​i·​cal cord
: a cord that contains blood vessels and connects the navel of a fetus with the placenta of the mother

Medical Definition

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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