American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. It is a section of an oviduct, originally a Müllerian duct, enlurged, thickened, united with its fellow of the opposite side, or otherwise modified, to serve as a resting-place for the ovum while this is developed to or toward maturity as an embryo or a fetus, whence it is then discharged through a cloaca or a vagina. The uterus is single in most Monodelphia, and double in Didelphia and Ornithodelphia. When united, but incompletely, it constitutes a uterus bicornis, or two-horned womb. In birds the name uterus is given to that terminal part of the oviduct where the egg is detained to receive its shell. The non-pregnant human uterus is a pear-shaped organ about 3 inches long, with a broad, flattened part above (the body), and a narrow, more cylindrical part below (the cervix). Within is a cavity which passes out into the Fallopian tube on each side above, and below opens into the vagina. The cavity narrows as it passes into the cervix at the internal os, and continues downward as the cervical canal, to terminate at the external os uteri or os tincæ. The uterus is supported by the broad ligament, a transverse fold of peritoneum which embraces it on each side, and by accessory ligaments, such as the round, vesicouterine, and recto-uterine ligaments. It consists of a serous or peritoneal coat, a middle coat of smooth muscular fibers, forming most of its thickness, and an epithelial lining. See also cut under
- 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.
- n. anatomy An organ of the female reproductive system in which the young are conceived and develop until birth; the womb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The organ of a female mammal in which the young are developed previous to birth; the womb.
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus
- From Latin uterus ("womb, belly"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And because my uterus is a hot topic around these parts, HBM asked me what I most loved and most hated about this second pregnancy.”
“The blogger who wrote that the uterus is an endocrine organ is correct.”
“And it is no small matter, starting from temperature as a principle, to collect the cause of the origin of these parts, as if it were a necessary consequence for this part which they call the uterus to be formed in the embryo under the influence of cold but not under that of heat.”
“I know anatomical terminology can make people a little squeamish-as one of my guy friends pleaded when I was six months pregnant, "Could you please stop saying the word uterus?”
“He is the same legislator who was privately admonished by the Republican House leadership for saying the word "uterus.”
“The guys who are left reading don't care if a writer with a uterus is in their magazine or anthology.”
“The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum, that sheds its lining each month during menstruation and in which a fertilized egg (ovum) becomes implanted and the fetus develops.”
“The uterus is then closed, placed back inside the maternal abdomen, and the abdominal incision repaired.”
“(Currently, when prophylactic oophorectomies are done, the uterus is frequently kept in place.)”
“The uterus is designed to stretch and grow to accommodate a growing child.”
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