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in utero

Syllabification: in u·ter·o
Pronunciation: /in ˈyo͞otərō
 
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Definition of in utero in English:

adverb& adjective

In a woman’s uterus; before birth: [as adverb]: this damage may occur in utero [as adjective]: the in utero development of the gastrointestinal tract
More example sentences
  • Her first heartbeat, first kick, every in utero move - all broadcast to a network of family and friends.
  • Among children who had at some time in their lives smoked daily for a month or more, those exposed in utero to a mother's pack-a-day smoking had double the odds of progressing to addiction.
  • Manipulating the in utero environment may alter the onset of cancers that appear later in the lives of mammals, according to a new University of Toronto study published in the journal Carcinogenesis.

Origin

Latin.

Words that rhyme with in utero

vigoro • Prospero • Cicero

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