- any small, mechanical device for semipermanent insertion into the uterus as a contraceptive. Abbreviation: IUD
Origin of intrauterine device
First recorded in 1920–25
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- a metal or plastic device, in the shape of a loop, coil, or ring, inserted into the uterus to prevent conceptionAbbreviation: IUD
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- A birth control device, such as a plastic or metallic loop, ring, or spiral, that is inserted into the uterus to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine lining.
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- A birth control device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent implantation.
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A metal or plastic device inserted into the uterus and used to prevent pregnancy.
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