Definition of birth canal in English:

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birth canal

Entry from US English dictionary


The passageway from the womb through the cervix, the vagina, and the vulva through which a fetus passes during birth.
Example sentences
  • The purpose of the contractions is to open your cervix to allow your baby to move down the birth canal and be born.
  • Everyone carries E. coli in their bodies, and babies can become infected with it from passing through the birth canal or simply coming into contact with things in the hospital or at home.
  • Everyone appreciates that a newborn baby's cranial bones are soft and largely unconnected to other bones, so as to allow the baby's head to pass through the birth canal.

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Syllabification: birth ca·nal

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