Womb
The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen between the bladder and the rectum. The narrow, lower portion of the uterus is the cervix; the broader, upper part is the corpus. The corpus is made up of two layers of tissue. In women of childbearing age, the inner layer of the uterus (endometrium) goes through a series of monthly changes known as the menstrual cycle. Each month, endometrial tissue grows and thickens in preparation to receive a fertilized egg. Menstruation occurs when this tissue is not used, disintegrates, and passes out through the vagina. The outer layer of the corpus (myometrium) is muscular tissue that expands during pregnancy to hold the growing fetus and contracts during labor to deliver the child.
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SYN: uterus. [A.S. the belly]
- falling of the w. SYN: prolapse of the uterus.

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womb 'wüm n UTERUS

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n.

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(wm) the uterus.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Womb — (w[=oo]m), n. [OE. wombe, wambe, AS. wamb, womb; akin to D. wam belly, OS. & OHG. wamba, G. wamme, wampe, Icel. v[ o]mb, Sw. v[*a]mb, Dan. vom, Goth. wamba.] 1. The belly; the abdomen. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And he coveted to fill his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Womb — Womb, v. t. To inclose in a womb, or as in a womb; to breed or hold in secret. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • womb — O.E. wamb, womb belly, uterus, from P.Gmc. *wambo (Cf. O.N. vomb, O.Fris. wambe, M.Du. wamme, Du. wam, O.H.G. wamba, Ger. Wamme belly, paunch, Goth. wamba belly, womb, O.E. umbor child ), of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • Womb — est un film germano franco hongrois réalisé par Benedek Fliegauf, sorti en 2010. Synopsis Lorsque Rebecca retourne dans la maison de son grand père, elle croise à nouveau le chemin de Thomas, son amour d enfance. Celui ci ne tarde pas à quitter… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • womb — [wu:m] n [: Old English; Origin: wamb, womb] the part of a woman s or female animal s body where her baby grows before it is born = ↑uterus …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • womb — [wo͞om] n. [ME wombe < OE wamb, akin to Ger wamme] 1. Obs. the belly 2. UTERUS (sense 1) 3. any place or part that holds, envelops, generates, etc. [the womb of time] …   English World dictionary

  • womb — [ wum ] noun count the organ in a woman s or female animal s body where a baby grows before it is born …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • womb — ► NOUN ▪ the organ in the lower body of a woman or female mammal where offspring are conceived and in which they develop before birth; the uterus. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • womb — noun ⇨ See also ↑uterus ADJECTIVE ▪ barren (formal, old fashioned) ▪ artificial VERB + WOMB ▪ come out of, emerge from …   Collocations dictionary

  • womb — noun Etymology: Middle English wamb, womb, from Old English; akin to Old High German wamba belly Date: before 12th century 1. uterus 2. a. a cavity or space that resembles a womb in containing and enveloping b. a place where something is… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • womb — wombed, adj. /woohm/, n. 1. the uterus of the human female and certain higher mammals. 2. the place in which anything is formed or produced: the womb of time. 3. the interior of anything. 4. Obs. the belly. [bef. 900; ME, OE: belly, womb; c. D… …   Universalium

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