intrauterine device


noun

any small, mechanical device for semipermanent insertion into the uterus as a contraceptive.

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Also called IUD [ahy-yoo-dee] /ˈaɪˈyuˈdi/ .

Origin of intrauterine device

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for intrauterine device

intrauterine device

noun

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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Medical definitions for intrauterine device

intrauterine device

n.

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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Scientific definitions for intrauterine device

intrauterine device
[ ĭn′trə-yōōtər-ĭn, -tə-rīn′ ]

A birth control device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent implantation.
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Cultural definitions for intrauterine device

intrauterine device
[ (in-truh-yooh-tuh-ruhn, in-truh-yooh-tuh-reyen) ]

A metal or plastic device inserted into the uterus and used to prevent pregnancy.

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