\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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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 Married to Tom Cruise at the time, Kidman previously revealed that her first pregnancy was ectopic, which occurs when a fertilized egg is implanted outside the womb. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Nicole Kidman Opens Up About the 'Massive Grief' She Felt After Suffering a Miscarriage," 31 May 2018 Little LynLee Boemer's actual birth date wasn't her first time outside the womb. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Baby Girl Was Born Twice," 21 Oct. 2016 After all, your baby was surrounded by the consistent sound of whooshing blood while in the womb. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Baby sleep: 7 tips for surviving the first few months," 12 July 2018 Before Kulture made her arrival, the mommy-to-be shared a video on her Instagram Story showing the baby getting her first ever glam session — while still in the womb. refinery29.com, "Cardi B Is Making "Bump Strobing" A Thing — & It's Delightfully Extra," 11 July 2018 He is tucked in, knees folded, hands together, afloat in the womb. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Outgoing Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin Confronts Illness As Just Another Journey," 21 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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The first known use of womb was before the 12th century

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Kids Definition of womb

: uterus


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Medical Definition of womb 

: uterus

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