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in utero

[in yoo-tuh-roh]
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adverb, adjective
  1. in the uterus; unborn.
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Origin of in utero

First recorded in 1705–15, in utero is from the Latin word in uterō

in utero surgery

  1. surgery performed on a fetus while it is in the womb.
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in utero

  1. within the womb
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Word Origin and History for in utero

Latin, literally "in the uterus" (see uterus).

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in utero in Medicine

in utero

(ĭn yōōtə-rō)
  1. In the uterus.
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Related formsin utero adv.
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