\ 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

Other Words from womb

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

Examples of womb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fetuses do not typically have a chance of surviving outside of the womb until at least 24 weeks of gestation, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Li Cohen, CBS News, 20 Oct. 2021 Those who haven't had a hysterectomy must use a combination of estrogen and progesterone to avoid thickening of the lining of the womb. Katie Hunt, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Now, furrow your forehead and sigh in disappointment at the recognition that this culture of ours still fails to either value the work of women or recognize our capacities beyond the possession of a womb and a faculty for baking. Liz Elting, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 But it’s not a plodding womb-to-tomb replay of Maradona’s greatest hits, such as winning the World Cup in 1986. John Hopewell, Variety, 4 Nov. 2021 The notion that embryos can wriggle around in the womb or egg isn’t new. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2021 In an effort to find some answers, Xia studied embryo development with a particular focus on which genes were activated and which were turned off at different points during the growth within the womb. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 18 Oct. 2021 And like all of these stories, the understanding that something will eventually come calling for these miraculous offspring is always looming over the proceeding — Ada came from somewhere, after all, beyond the womb of a slaughtered sheep. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 More and more babies in L.A. County have been infected with syphilis in the womb, which can lead to stillbirth, neurological problems, blindness, bone abnormalities and other complications. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021

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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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“Womb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womb. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of womb

: uterus


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Kids Definition of womb

: uterus


\ ˈwüm How to pronounce womb (audio) \

Medical Definition of womb

: uterus

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