- 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.
Origin of uterus
Examples from the Web for uterus
Its passage to the Uterus may be interrupted, and the ovum lost and finally cast off.
It consists of a discharge from the Vagina, or the Uterus through the Vagina.
Inflammation of the Peritoneum covering the Uterus and its Appendages.
(b) Enlargements of the Uterus (hypertrophy or hyperplasia).
Uterus Rebecca est; parvulos in eo collidi necesse est, etiam usque ad periculum matris.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)
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- 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 and History for uterus
1610s, from Latin uterus "womb, belly" (plural uteri), from PIE root *udero- "abdomen, womb, stomach" (cf. Sanskrit udaram "belly," Greek hystera "womb," Lithuanian vederas "sausage, intestines, stomach, lower abdomen," Old Church Slavonic vedro "bucket, barrel," Russian vedro), perhaps originally in PIE "outer, sticking out," shifting to "belly" via "protruding."
- A hollow muscular organ consisting of a body, fundus, isthmus, and cervix located in the pelvic cavity of female mammals, in which the fertilized egg implants and develops into the fetus.metra womb
- 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.