Definition of uterus in English:

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uterus

Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞odərəs/

noun (plural uteri /ˈyo͞otəˌrī/ /-ˌrē/ //)

The organ in the lower body of a woman or female mammal where offspring are conceived and in which they gestate before birth; the womb.
Example sentences
  • With their informed consent, their uteruses were carefully examined after operation, and the authors found that a number of them had conceived just before surgery.
  • About 70 women with benign fibroids had their uteruses removed without first trying drugs or other treatments that could have been effective.
  • Some of the desperate women who opted for backstreet abortions often had to have their uteruses surgically removed because of resulting massive infection.

Origin

Latin; related to Greek hustera. Compare with hysteric.

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Syllabification: u·ter·us

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