from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hollow muscular organ located in the pelvic cavity of female mammals in which the fertilized egg implants and develops. Also called womb.
- n. A corresponding part in other animals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An organ of the female reproductive system in which the young are conceived and develop until birth; the womb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The organ of a female mammal in which the young are developed previous to birth; the womb.
- n. A receptacle, or pouch, connected with the oviducts of many invertebrates in which the eggs are retained until they hatch or until the embryos develop more or less. See Illust. of Hermaphrodite in Append.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. pl. uteri (-rī).
- n. The womb; that part of the female sexual passage to which a ripe ovum is conveyed from the ovary, and in which it is detained in gestation until the fetus is matured and expelled in parturition.
- n. In invertebrates, as Vermes, a special section of the oviduct, or sundry appendages of the oviduct, which subserve a uterine function. Gegenbaur, Comp. Anat. (trans.), p. 182. See cuts under germarium, Rhabdocœla, Cestoidea, and Nematoidea. In Fungi. See peridium.
- n. Same as hernia of the uterus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus
Middle English, from Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin uterus ("womb, belly"). (Wiktionary)