American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a genus of kelp, applied to the opening of the cervix in order to stimulate dilation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of darkspored seaweeds, belonging to the natural order Laminariaceæ, having no definite leaves, but a plain ribless expansion, flat and bladelike (whence the name), which is either simple or cloven. L. digitata is the well-known tangle abundant on sea-coasts (used in gynecology instead of sponge for making tents for dilating the cervical canal); L. buccinalis is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, and yields iodine; L. potatorum grows in Australia, and furnishes the aborigines with a part of their instruments, vessels, and food; L. digitata and L. bulbosa were formerly employed in the manufacture of kelp for the glass-maker and soap-boiler; L. saccharina, the sweet-tangle or sea-belt, named from the saccharine matter called
mannitewhich it furnishes, is abundant on the shores of the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans. See hanger, 7.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of great seaweeds with long and broad fronds; kelp, or devil's apron. The fronds commonly grow in clusters, and are sometimes from thirty to fifty feet in length. See
- n. type genus of the family Laminariaceae: perennial brown kelps
- New Latin Lāmināria, from Latin lāmina, thin sheet, leaf. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the first day, doctors insert a dilator, often bundles of dried seaweed called laminaria, to soften a woman's cervix.”
“Because second-trimester abortions span multiple days during which the cervix is first softened by inserting bundles of dried seaweed called laminaria, a woman who has second thoughts can, in theory, backtrack.”
“The reporter gets one thing wrong: "laminaria" is not a drug.”
“Wolowicki said the hospital has only performed a few laminaria removals, and has not been contacted further by patients regarding their progress.”
“Halting an abortion by removing laminaria does not guarantee that the mother will have a healthy child.”
“Abortions that occur during a woman's second-trimester take two or three days to complete, and begin with the insertion of a laminaria, which softens a woman's cervix.”
“Fronds of laminaria yards in length, like sheets of rubber, offer convenient holds, and at their roots many curious creatures make their home.”
“At first they could see little below them, save a dark jungle of laminaria, with an occasional darting fish.”
“Almost immediately after, the waving streamers of laminaria were extraordinarily perturbed, parted for a moment, and three of these beasts became darkly visible, struggling for what was probably some fragment of the drowned man.”
“Mr. Fison has since described to the writer this startling eruption out of the waving laminaria meadows.”
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