from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy The flexible cordlike structure connecting a fetus at the abdomen with the placenta and containing two umbilical arteries and one vein that transport nourishment to the fetus and remove its wastes.
- n. Something likened to this structure; a source or means of support or sustenance: "All the umbilical cords of dependency still exist because the public wants them” ( David A. Stockman).
- n. Aerospace Any of various external electrical lines or fluid tubes that supply a rocket before launch.
- n. Aerospace The line that supplies an astronaut with oxygen and in some cases with communications while outside the spacecraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The flexible structure connecting a foetus with the placenta; which transports nourishment to the foetus and removes waste.
- n. The line that supplies an astronaut with oxygen and communications when outside a spacecraft
- n. any of the various lines connecting a rocket to its launch pad before liftoff
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. The little stem by which the seeds are attached to the placenta; -- called also funicular cord.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
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She helped Nezzie with the afterbirth, then turned the infant over and tied the umbilical cord in two places with the pieces of red-dyed sinew she had prepared.
There, lying between her legs was a newly-born infant, the umbilical cord and afterbirth still attached.
She brought her first and second fingers together in a snipping motion, simulating the cutting of the umbilical cord of magic that sustained Kahlan's life.
` ` Some peculiar customs are observed with regard to the after-birth: the umbilical cord is severed from the placenta, wrapped in several thicknesses of white paper, then in a paper containing the father's and mother's names in full.
I placed it and the afterbirth and umbilical cord on the bed just as Daddy opened the door and stepped back into the room.
“Body Burden—The Pollution in Newborns: A benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in umbilical cord blood,” executive summary, Environmental Working Group, 2005 ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2execsumm.php.
Iza tied a red-dyed piece of sinew around the newborn's umbilical cord and bit off the rest.
Ebra tied a piece of red-dyed sinew around the umbilical cord and bit off the part still attached to the placental mass, then lifted the baby for Iza to see.