\ 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

Examples of womb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the petite 30-year-old — who already has a 1-year-old son ― suspected her belly seemed larger than typical this time, describing mysterious simultaneous movements on both sides of the womb. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, "Pregnant behind bars: A downstate prison opens a special wing for mothers-to-be and postpartum inmates," 2 Sep. 2019 Officials in those states are hopeful that federal courts will uphold laws that prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable outside the womb, the dividing line the high court set in Roe. Jim Salter, The Denver Post, "Missouri denies license renewal for lone abortion clinic," 21 June 2019 By Kayla Epstein, Antonia Noori Farzan and Michael Brice-Saddler | The Washington Post After a baby survived being cut from his slain mother’s womb, his family had hoped for a miracle. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A baby cut from his slain mother’s womb needed a ‘miracle.’ Weeks later, he died.," 14 June 2019 Additionally, some experts believe fetuses that are exposed to unusually high testosterone levels while in the womb (like if the pregnant person has PCOS or diabetes) may be more inclined to develop this disorder, Redman says. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019 The child is with us and at his most vulnerable outside the womb. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "How about a Foster-Care Revolution?," 9 Sep. 2019 Julius was too premature to survive outside the womb. Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, "Julius: The Story of a Premature Birth," 15 Aug. 2019 Federal standards, based on past Supreme Court decisions, consider viability to mean when a fetus can survive on its own outside the womb. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Tennessee to push for total abortion ban with sights on Supreme Court," 12 Aug. 2019 Six years ago when Ewart was 23, she and her partner were told that her pregnancy had a fatal fetal diagnosis, and that her baby would not survive outside the womb. Suyin Haynes, Time, "After 158 Years U.K. Lawmakers Have Voted to Decriminalize Abortion in Northern Ireland. The Fight's Not Over Yet," 25 July 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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