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

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Six of the children at the center were exposed to opioids while in the womb and two were exposed to methamphetamines, according to umbilical cord testing. Elizabeth Cohen And John Bonifield, CNN, "Babies exposed to drugs are kicked out of other daycares. They come here instead," 23 Aug. 2019 An umbilical cord to friends and family in remote rural settlements. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Greenland has serious problems. A Trump deal isn’t one of them.," 21 Aug. 2019 The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office announced the baby’s cause of death was lack of oxygen and blood to his brain and a prolapse of the umbilical cord and placenta due to a maternal assault and demise. Steve Helling,, "Chicago Mom and Daughter Charged with Murder After Baby Boy Ripped From Slain Woman's Womb Dies," 19 July 2019 His death was ruled a homicide due to complications from a lack of oxygen and blood to his brain and a prolapse of the umbilical cord and placenta from maternal assault and demise, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Elvia Malagón,, "Inspection finds ‘deficiencies’ in patient rights at hospital that treated Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s baby after he was cut from her womb," 18 June 2019 In December, 12 people were hospitalized with severe infections in their bloodstreams, joints or spines after being injected with blood from umbilical cords full of bacteria. Denise Grady, New York Times, "A Judge Rules Against One Stem-Cell Clinic. There Are Hundreds of Them.," 10 June 2019 One still had a placenta and umbilical cord attached. Lauren Fox,, "Mother in Blackstone ‘house of horrors’ case sentenced to 6 to 8 years in prison," 11 July 2019 The clinics use a variety of stem cell products, including those from fat tissue, along with cells from bone marrow and from birth tissue like the placenta and umbilical cord. Erin Allday,, "Ruling against stem cell clinic has repercussions for industry, Calif. firm," 4 June 2019 Opponents of fetal tissue research point to a number of other possible options, including monkey or hamster cells for vaccines as well as blood collected after birth from umbilical cords that are rich in blood-forming stem cells. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of umbilical cord

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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

umbilical cord

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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