\ 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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Other Words from womb

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

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In December, doctors in Brazil reported the world's first birth using a deceased donor's womb. CBS News, "First baby born in U.S. from dead donor's transplanted womb," 10 July 2019 Doctors transplanted the womb into the mother in late 2017, and about a year later, the mother became pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Baby Born from a Dead Donor’s Transplanted Womb for the First Time in the U.S.," 9 July 2019 The American automobile has become a wandering womb protecting a fetal driver. Dan Albert, Vox, "Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.," 21 June 2019 Poor communication between law enforcement and medical staff violated patient rights standards in the case of a newborn who was cut from his mother’s womb and brought to a suburban hospital with another woman, according to a federal inspection. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Lightfoot blasts Trump, Wieners Circle isn’t leaving and other things to know to start your day," 19 June 2019 Of them, 454 children, about 5 percent, were exposed to opioids in the womb. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Flawed’ study shows possible lasting effects from drug exposure in the womb," 28 June 2019 Gestation length is another (more time in the womb equals a bigger brain). Paul Manger, Quartz Africa, "Elephants evolved larger brains partly thanks to climate change, say scientists," 28 June 2019 Here's the latest for Saturday, June 22nd: Military action against Iran still ‘on the table’; Trump postpones nationwide immigration enforcement sweep; 11 aboard skydiving plane killed in Hawaii crash; Miniature nail art of babies in the womb. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Twin brothers charged in Detroit coney island shooting," 23 June 2019 The uterus was then closed and the fetus remained in the womb to continue developing for the remainder of the pregnancy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cleveland Clinic performs its first fetal surgery to repair spina bifida," 20 June 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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The first known use of womb was before the 12th century

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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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