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/ 藞yu t蓹r 蓹s /
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noun, plural u路ter路i [yoo-tuh-rahy], /藞yu t蓹藢ra瑟/, u路ter路us路es.Anatomy, Zoology.
the enlarged, muscular, expandable portion of the oviduct in which the fertilized ovum implants and develops or rests during prenatal development; the womb of certain mammals.


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Origin of uterus

1605鈥15; <Latin: the womb, matrix; akin to Greek hyst茅ra womb, Sanskrit udara belly
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British Dictionary definitions for uterus

/ (藞ju藧t蓹r蓹s) /

noun plural uteri (藞ju藧t蓹藢ra瑟)
anatomy a hollow muscular organ lying within the pelvic cavity of female mammals. It houses the developing fetus and by contractions aids in its expulsion at parturitionNontechnical name: womb
the corresponding organ in other animals

Word Origin for uterus

C17: from Latin; compare Greek hustera womb, hoderos belly, Sanskrit udara belly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for uterus

[ y艒艒t蓹r-蓹s ]

Plural uteri (y艒艒t蓹-r墨鈥) uteruses
The hollow, muscular organ of female mammals in which the embryo develops. In most mammals the uterus is divided into two saclike parts, whereas in primates it is a single structure. It lies between the bladder and rectum and is attached to the vagina and the fallopian tubes. During the menstrual cycle (estrus), the lining of the uterus (endometrium) undergoes changes that permit the implantation of a fertilized egg. Also called womb See more at menstrual cycle.
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Cultural definitions for uterus

[ (yooh-tuh-ruhs) ]

A pear-shaped organ in the female reproductive system where the embryo or fetus develops until birth. The strong muscles of the uterus help push the baby out of the mother's body.

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