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 With the clock ticking, he was treated by Dr. Juliet Barker, a leading expert in cord blood transplants, which use stem cells from the umbilical cord and placenta of healthy newborns. CBS News, 6 Jan. 2022 The Weill Cornell Medicine team found similar trends in umbilical cord blood antibody levels, offering more evidence of antibody transfer to babies in the womb. al, 4 Jan. 2022 Sharing a photo of himself cutting his baby's umbilical cord, the musician praised his fiancée for bringing their son into the world. Georgia Slater,, 22 Nov. 2021 Later, Tyler’s oldest son cut the umbilical cord, as his mother wished. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Nov. 2021 All six of the Doughertys’ adopted children have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), a group of conditions that occur when alcohol passes from a mother to her baby through the umbilical cord. Rosie Colosi, NBC News, 14 Oct. 2021 His father stood waiting to cut the umbilical cord, but a nurse whisked the newborn away to a warming table in the corner. Meg Kissinger,, 1 Sep. 2021 During a routine testing of the blood that comes from the child’s umbilical cord, Boca Raton pediatricians Dr. Chad Rudnick and Dr. Paul Gilbert had the sample tested for coronavirus antibodies, too. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021 The only stem cell products approved by the FDA are a few derived from umbilical cord blood, and then only for a very limited category of blood system diseases. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Umbilical cord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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