Laminaria
A small rod-shaped piece of dried seaweed; when placed within the cervix, a laminaria causes it to gradually dilate (widen). The species of seaweed serving this purpose is Laminaria digitata.
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Sterile rod made of kelp (genus L.) which is hydrophilic, and, when placed in the cervical canal, absorbs moisture, swells, and gradually dilates the cervix. [L. lamina, a blade]

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lam·i·nar·ia .lam-ə-'ner-ē-ə, -'nar- n any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps of which some have been used to dilate the cervix in performing an abortion

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La·mi·na·ria (lam″ĭ-narґe-ə) a genus of seaweeds (kelps), various species of which are used as sources of alginates; see laminarin. L. digitaґta yields dry stems that are hydrophilic and gradually swell in moist environments, so that they can be used to dilate the uterine cervix in induced abortion.

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