uter·​ine | \ ˈyü-tə-ˌrīn How to pronounce uterine (audio) , -rən How to pronounce uterine (audio) \

Definition of uterine

1 : born of the same mother but by a different father uterine brothers
2 : of, relating to, or affecting the uterus uterine cancer the uterine lining

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There is evidence to suggest that some oils, namely cinnamon, clove, rosemary, clary sage, and jasmine, can cause uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or preterm labor. Kristi Pahr, Good Housekeeping, "Using Essential Oils When Pregnant Can Be Helpful But Dangerous—Here’s How To Do It Safely," 3 Aug. 2017 Another uterine contraction, and doctors deliver the placenta through the cut. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The troubling epidemic of unnecessary C-sections around the world, explained," 25 Oct. 2018 Having less uterine lining build-up can result in fewer prostaglandins to bowl you over with period pain. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Can My IUD Fall Out if I Have Rough Sex?," 14 June 2018 Lekovich explained that when the uterus contracts, uterine blood vessels become constricted which can prevent blood flow to the uterus and is one of the main factors contributing to pain. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "How to Alleviate Period Cramps, According to Doctors," 8 July 2018 More than 70 percent of women will develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives, according to the Center for Uterine Fibroids, a joint research effort between the Mayo Clinic and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Korin Miller, SELF, "FKA Twigs Reveals She Had Fibroid Tumors Removed From Her Uterus: ‘It Was Like Being 6 Months Pregnant’," 9 May 2018 The cause was uterine cancer, said her niece, Clarice Jacobson. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "Carolyn Jacobson, labor activist who promoted women’s health care, dies at 67," 26 Apr. 2018 Many must travel long distances to reach medical facilities that can perform effective and painless procedures to remove the expired fetus and extra uterine tissue. Dorothy Novick, STAT, "FDA shouldn’t allow politics to hurt women suffering miscarriage," 22 June 2018 This makes a uterine transplant a potential option where no other exists. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Transplanted Wombs Provide Potential Path to Fertility for Millions of Women," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of uterine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for uterine

Middle English, from Late Latin uterinus, from Latin uterus

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uter·​ine | \ ˈyüt-ə-ˌrīn How to pronounce uterine (audio) , -rən How to pronounce uterine (audio) \

Medical Definition of uterine

: of, relating to, occurring in, or affecting the uterus uterine tissue uterine cancer

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