\ 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 During a baby's last weeks in the womb, there's dramatic maturation in the brain and rapid physical growth. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Warming temperatures put women at risk of giving birth early, study says," 2 Dec. 2019 That’s far more than the people who entered the state fresh from the womb. oregonlive, "Oregon’s population is growing but is that a good thing? (poll)," 19 Nov. 2019 Newborns may be born with enlarged breasts due to an excess of estrogen transferred from mom to baby in the womb, according to AAFP, but gynecomastia is most common in teenage boys. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, "What to Know About Gynecomastia, the Condition Linked to Johnson & Johnson's $8B Lawsuit," 9 Oct. 2019 Since 2017, black women and their wombs have been trending. Helena Andrews-dyer, The Denver Post, "Finding the joy in black motherhood," 7 Sep. 2019 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

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Womb.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wombs. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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