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womb

 (wo͞om)
n.
1. See uterus.
2.
a. A place where something is generated.
b. An encompassing, protective hollow or space.
3. Obsolete The belly.

[Middle English, from Old English wamb.]

wombed adj.

womb

(wuːm)
n
1. (Gynaecology & Obstetrics) the nontechnical name for uterus
2. a hollow space enclosing something, esp when dark, warm, or sheltering
3. a place where something is conceived: the Near East is the womb of western civilization.
4. (Anatomy) obsolete the belly
[Old English wamb; related to Old Norse vomb, Gothic wamba, Middle Low German wamme, Swedish våmm]
wombed adj
ˈwomblike adj

womb

(wum)

n.
1. uterus.
2. the place in which anything is formed or produced.
3. the interior of anything.
4. Obs. the belly.
[before 900; Old English, c. Old Frisian, Middle Low German wamme, Old High German, Gothic wamba, Old Norse vǫmb]
wombed, adj.

womb

(wo͞om)
See uterus.

womb

  • gestation - Literally the period during which unborn young are "carried" inside the womb—from Latin gerere, "carry" or "conduct."
  • lightening - A drop in the level of the womb during the last weeks of pregnancy, as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis.
  • matrix - From Latin, meaning "breeding female," it originally was used for the uterus or womb, then for a supporting or enclosing structure.
  • uterus - From the Latin word meaning "belly, womb."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.womb - a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of femaleswomb - a hollow muscular organ in the pelvic cavity of females; contains the developing fetus
cervix uteri, uterine cervix, cervix - necklike opening to the uterus
arteria uterina, uterine artery - a branch of the internal iliac artery that supplies the uterus and the upper part of the vagina
venter - the womb; "`in venter' is legal terminology for `conceived but not yet born'"
female reproductive system - the reproductive system of females
female internal reproductive organ - the reproductive organs of a woman
Fallopian tube, oviduct, uterine tube - either of a pair of tubes conducting the egg from the ovary to the uterus
uterine cavity - the space inside the uterus between the cervical canal and the Fallopian tubes
endometrium - (pregnancy) the mucous membrane that lines the uterus; thickens under hormonal control and (if pregnancy does not occur) is shed in menstruation; if pregnancy occurs it is shed along with the placenta at parturition
myometrium - the smooth muscle forming the wall of the uterus
placenta - the vascular structure in the uterus of most mammals providing oxygen and nutrients for and transferring wastes from the developing fetus

womb

noun
Related words
technical name uterus
adjective uterine
Translations
رحمرَحْم
děloha
livmor
utero
kehtokohtu
leg
dzemde
maternica

womb

[wuːm] Nmatriz f, útero m (fig) → cuna f

womb

[ˈwuːm] n
(= uterus) → ventre m

womb

nMutterleib m, → Gebärmutter f (Med); (fig)Schoß m; the foetus in the wombder Embryo im Mutterleib; it’s just a yearning to return to the wombdas ist nur die Sehnsucht nach der Geborgenheit des Mutterschoßes

womb

[wuːm] n (Anat) → grembo

womb

(wuːm) noun
the part of the body of a female mammal in which the young are developed and kept until birth.

womb

n. matriz, útero. V.: uterus

womb

n útero, matriz f, vientre m (fam)
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Thus repuls'd, our final hope Is flat despair: we must exasperate Th' Almighty Victor to spend all his rage, And that must end us, that must be our cure, To be no more; sad cure; for who would loose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through Eternity, To perish rather, swallowd up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night, Devoid of sense and motion?
Into this wilde Abyss, The Womb of nature and perhaps her Grave, Of neither Sea, nor Shore, nor Air, nor Fire, But all these in thir pregnant causes mixt Confus'dly, and which thus must ever fight, Unless th' Almighty Maker them ordain His dark materials to create more Worlds, Into this wilde Abyss the warie fiend Stood on the brink of Hell and look'd a while, Pondering his Voyage; for no narrow frith He had to cross.
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