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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Meyers thanked the New York Police and Fire Departments, who were quick to the scene and cut Axel’s umbilical cord, and his neighbors, who brought down warm towels to wrap the baby in before the EMTs arrived. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Seth Meyers Helped His Wife Give Birth in the Lobby of Their Apartment," 10 Apr. 2018 Doctors found the child's umbilical cord had been well cut and clamped, indicating she had been born in a hospital. Christine Armario, Fox News, "Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned," 13 July 2018 All were given with a needle passed through her mother’s abdomen and uterus, into the vein in her umbilical cord. New York Times, "Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth," 25 May 2018 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

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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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