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

b : yolk stalk

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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In 1998, a jogger found a newborn baby buried alive in the foothills of Altadena, his umbilical cord still attached. Brittny Mejia,, "While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite," 17 May 2018 But the way the umbilical cords were cut indicated that the births had not taken place in a hospital. New York Times, "One by One, These Newborn Sisters Were Abandoned Near Berlin," 8 May 2018 Her mom, Heidi, went outside to find a newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached, sunburnt and laying wrapped in a black sheet. Kate Storey, Good Housekeeping, "This 9-Year-Old Girl Found a Newborn Abandoned in Her Backyard," 12 July 2016 The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, and Bobby Patterson had to gently lift it off. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "This trooper pulled over a driver — then realized the man had delivered him nearly 27 years ago," 13 June 2018 However, the placenta was still inside her, umbilical cord hanging. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Woman delivers own baby in Turkish hotel using YouTube, shoestrings and a pocket knife," 27 Apr. 2018 Brooke Curtis, who was 8 when her sister Summer was born in January, was photographed cutting the newborn's umbilical cord. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Five feel-good Arizona stories that have gone viral in 2018 (so far)," 10 July 2018 The condition can be treated with a transplant of stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood — but only if the disease is identified in the first days of life. Patricia Callahan,, "7-year-old Kenan, who helped spark a lifesaving change in state procedures, dies from Krabbe disease," 1 June 2018 Compiled by researchers at MIT’s Broad Institute, the info comes from human umbilical cord blood and adult bone marrow cells. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Human Cell Atlas Releases First Major Data Set," 20 Apr. 2018

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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

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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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