\ ˈwüm How to pronounce womb (audio) \

Definition of womb

1 : uterus
2a : a cavity or space that resembles a womb in containing and enveloping
b : a place where something is generated

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wombed \ ˈwümd How to pronounce wombed (audio) \ adjective

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Additionally, some experts believe fetuses that are exposed to unusually high testosterone levels while in the womb (like if the pregnant person has PCOS or diabetes) may be more inclined to develop this disorder, Redman says. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019 The child is with us and at his most vulnerable outside the womb. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "How about a Foster-Care Revolution?," 9 Sep. 2019 Julius was too premature to survive outside the womb. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, "Julius: The Story of a Premature Birth," 15 Aug. 2019 Federal standards, based on past Supreme Court decisions, consider viability to mean when a fetus can survive on its own outside the womb. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Tennessee to push for total abortion ban with sights on Supreme Court," 12 Aug. 2019 Six years ago when Ewart was 23, she and her partner were told that her pregnancy had a fatal fetal diagnosis, and that her baby would not survive outside the womb. Suyin Haynes, Time, "After 158 Years U.K. Lawmakers Have Voted to Decriminalize Abortion in Northern Ireland. The Fight's Not Over Yet," 25 July 2019 States can also outlaw abortions once the fetus has reached viability (that is, the ability to survive outside the womb). Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Elizabeth Warren says abortion access should be a federal law. What does that mean?," 26 June 2019 The baby died shortly after, as doctors told Ali that her daughter (whom she’d named Sanaa) had no chance of surviving outside the womb at 20 weeks. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Love & Hip Hop: New York's Rah Ali Speaks Out After Losing Her Baby Girl at Five Months Pregnant," 7 June 2019 The answer is: because the fetus has not developed in a way that will equip it for a life outside the womb that is not brief and filled with pain. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-Abortion Activists Are Still Defending Forced Birth with Debunked Science," 26 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of womb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for womb

Middle English wamb, womb, from Old English; akin to Old High German wamba belly

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\ ˈwüm How to pronounce womb (audio) \

Kids Definition of womb

: uterus


\ ˈwüm How to pronounce womb (audio) \

Medical Definition of womb

: uterus

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