\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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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 Photo: © Bob Willoughby/MPTV Images/Reel Art Press The husband, having stumbled upon a witches’ coven in his storied new building, trades his wife, specifically her womb, for earthly renown. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50 Years Later," 23 May 2018 Roe barred most legal restrictions on abortions until fetuses were considered able to survive outside the womb, believed then to be 24 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period (about 22 weeks after conception). New York Times, "Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances," 1 July 2018 Women who undergo abortions can be jailed for up to four years, or even longer if the procedure was performed at a point when the fetus could have been deemed as viable outside the womb. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Argentina’s Major Abortion Vote," 12 June 2018 Women who undergo them can be jailed for four years (or longer if the baby is deemed to be viable outside the womb). The Economist, "Argentina moves closer to legalising abortion," 9 June 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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