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- n. A forward bending or an organ, especially that of the uterus near the cervix
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A displacement forward of an organ, esp. the uterus, in such manner that its axis is bent upon itself.
An extreme degree of anteversion or anteflexion, or retroversion or retroflexion, may interfere with impregnation, as the spermatozoa may find it difficult or impossible to reach the opening of the womb -- the external os.
If the womb is _bent_ (or _flexed_) forward on itself the condition is called _anteflexion_.
-- Anteversion, anteflexion, retroversion, retroflexion, and the various other forms of displacement, are due to very much the same causes as those which give rise to prolapsus, and the symptoms are also very much the same.
The most common causes are taking cold during menstruation, mechanical injury, anteflexion, or gonorrhoea.
-- The principal causes of scanty or deficient menstruation are inflammation of the ovaries; ovarian tumors, consumption, or other wasting diseases; anteflexion of the womb; mental depression, or general debility.
If the bending is backward, it is called _retroflexion_; if forward, _anteflexion.