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uterus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n uterus a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size.
    • Uterus (Zoöl) A receptacle, or pouch, connected with the oviducts of many invertebrates in which the eggs are retained until they hatch or until the embryos develop more or less. See Illust. of Hermaphrodite in Append.
    • Uterus (Anat) The organ of a female mammal in which the young are developed previous to birth; the womb.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n uterus pl. uteri (-rī).
    • n uterus The womb; that part of the female sexual passage to which a ripe ovum is conveyed from the ovary, and in which it is detained in gestation until the fetus is matured and expelled in parturition. It is a section of an oviduct, originally a Müllerian duct, enlurged, thickened, united with its fellow of the opposite side, or otherwise modified, to serve as a resting-place for the ovum while this is developed to or toward maturity as an embryo or a fetus, whence it is then discharged through a cloaca or a vagina. The uterus is single in most Monodelphia, and double in Didelphia and Ornithodelphia. When united, but incompletely, it constitutes a uterus bicornis, or two-horned womb. In birds the name uterus is given to that terminal part of the oviduct where the egg is detained to receive its shell. The non-pregnant human uterus is a pear-shaped organ about 3 inches long, with a broad, flattened part above (the body), and a narrow, more cylindrical part below (the cervix). Within is a cavity which passes out into the Fallopian tube on each side above, and below opens into the vagina. The cavity narrows as it passes into the cervix at the internal os, and continues downward as the cervical canal, to terminate at the external os uteri or os tincæ. The uterus is supported by the broad ligament, a transverse fold of peritoneum which embraces it on each side, and by accessory ligaments, such as the round, vesicouterine, and recto-uterine ligaments. It consists of a serous or peritoneal coat, a middle coat of smooth muscular fibers, forming most of its thickness, and an epithelial lining. See also cut under peritoneum.
    • n uterus In invertebrates, as Vermes, a special section of the oviduct, or sundry appendages of the oviduct, which subserve a uterine function. Gegenbaur, Comp. Anat. (trans.), p. 182. See cuts under germarium, Rhabdocœla, Cestoidea, and Nematoidea. In Fungi. See peridium.
    • n uterus Same as hernia of the uterus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Uterus the womb
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. uterin—L. uterinisuterus, the womb.

Usage

In literature:

Sections of the uterus and ovaries are best mounted in glycerine or Dammar.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 492, June 6, 1885" by Various
It is connected with a duct which receives the ovum as it is discharged, and conveys it to the uterus.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
UTERINE DISEASES: OR, THE DISPLACEMENT OF THE UTERUS.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Increased secretion of mucus in the vagina or uterus without venereal desire or venereal infection.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The uterus undergoes remarkable changes.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
At the upper end is the mouth of the womb or uterus.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
The uterus was not examined.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Montagnana recommends it in cold affections of the uterus and stomach.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
The screen above the table showed her uterus and her Fallopian tubes with flickering clarity.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
No one will pretend that so perfect a structure as the abnormal double uterus in woman could be the result of mere chance.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
The important actions of ergot are on the blood-vessels and the uterus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
The women, also, in whom the uterus and the ovaries remain inert during life, approximate in forms and habits to men.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
FARR, Dr., on the structure of the uterus, i.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The uterus of a female taken July 10, at Fish-hawk Lake, showed a few small swellings which were identified in the field as embryos.
"Notes on the Mammals of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan, 1920" by L. R. Dice
The uterus should be returned in the following manner: Place the cow in such a position that the hind parts shall be higher than the fore.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
The internal organs of generation consist in the female of the Vagina, the Uterus, the Ovaries and their appendages.
"Fruits of Philosophy" by Charles Knowlton
In almost every instance the ova in the right uterus outnumber those in the left.
"Natural History of Cottonmouth Moccasin, Agkistrodon piscovorus (Reptilia)" by Ray D. Burkett
The reason for {6} the delay here is that the uterus grows with the foetus.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
The tube was also filled with medicaments which were intended to have a beneficial effect on the interior of the uterus.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
THE VAGINA is the canal or channel leading from the Vaginal Orifice to the Uterus or womb.
"Private Sex Advice to Women" by R. B. Armitage
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In news:

IUDs are inserted into the uterus by a physician.
The egg travels through the tube to the uterus.
A Michigan woman with two uteruses gives birth to a set of twin girls.
Yup, that's her uterus you're looking at.
Radical Uterus, November 19, 2012.
Jackson Women's Health: "The governor doesn't have a uterus".
A sound nutrition program helps promote a healthy uterus during and after calving and enables cows to perform at their best, says Joel Pankowski, manager, field technical services with Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition.
Since when did "uterus" become an offensive term—especially when you're talking about regulating abortion.
Even immediately after a trip to the bathroom, you may still feel that maddening urge to urinate because of the added pressure from your uterus.
Dean Cannon, Scott Randolph and the word ' uterus ' go national.
Auditors all up in your uterus .
Recent news and coverage of Uterus .
Your uterus is well on its way to expanding to about 500 times its original size.
Some activists have been wearing these " Uterus " pins since the flap began.
Photo by Uterus Facebook page.
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In science:

Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer may be provided by either a medical oncologist who treats cancers of all kinds or by a gynecological oncologist who treats cancers of the ovary, uterus and cervix.
An exact adaptive test with superior design sensitivity in an observational study of treatments for ovarian cancer
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