\ ˈwüm \

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 \ adjective

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Democrats were evil in my eyes, supporters of the grisly dismemberment of babies in the womb, controlling the poor by getting them addicted to government handouts, and promoting communist ideals. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 Blake was born with Spina Bifida and had surgery the day after he was born to close the defect on his back, after his spine did not form properly in the womb. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Best Grandpa Ever Makes the Cutest Halloween Costume for His Grandson With Spina Bifida," 24 Oct. 2018 The White House says the first lady will participate in a roundtable discussion on neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when a baby withdraws from drugs — usually opioids — that they were exposed to in the womb. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Melania Trump to visit children’s hospital in Tennessee," 23 July 2018 Cause some of them spend their nights cursing their wombsOver handfuls of pregnancies ended too soon. Halsey, Glamour, "Halsey Has a Poem With a Powerful Message for All Women: 'Be Inconvenient'," 11 Nov. 2018 Once born, their babies were allowed to get used to life outside of the womb for a month. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Inflammation is bad, including for those in the womb," 12 Apr. 2018 The first incubators for babies were invented in the 19th century, adapted from poultry incubators to create a stable and warm environment intended to simulate the womb. Eva Holland, WIRED, "Saving Baby Boy Green," 27 Mar. 2018 Ectogenesis, that is the gestation outside of a biological womb, sounds like science fiction. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Could Artificial Wombs Be a Reality?," 24 Jan. 2018 This was confirmed during surgery when doctors discovered her womb had started filling with pus, and her lungs, kidneys and liver were in the early stages of failure. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018

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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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Kids Definition of womb

: uterus


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Medical Definition of womb 

: uterus

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