uterus [yoo-ter-uh s] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural u·ter·i [yoo-tuh-rahy] /ˈyu təˌraɪ/, u·ter·us·es. Anatomy, Zoology.

  1. the enlarged, muscular, expandable portion of the oviduct in which the fertilized ovum implants and develops or rests during prenatal development; the womb of certain mammals.

Origin of uterus 1605–15; Latin: the womb, matrix; akin to Greek hystéra womb, Sanskrit udara belly Examples from the Web for uteri Contemporary Examples of uteri

  • Other uteri, tainted by low, regular doses of progesterone and/or witchcraft, become evil.

    Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’

    Kelly Williams Brown

    July 7, 2014

  • Historical Examples of uteri

  • The coats of these uteri are thinner than those of the uteri of quadrupeds of the same size.

    An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2

    David Collins

  • The females were considered to be fecund if they were gravid, or if there were placental scars in the horns of the uteri.

    Natural History of the Prairie Vole (Mammalian Genus Microtus)

    E. W. Jameson

  • The operation is limited to uteri not exceeding in size the head of a full-time fœtus.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)


  • In the impregnated females the uteri are filled with thousands of ova, each one of which encloses an embryo already well formed.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • British Dictionary definitions for uteri uterus noun plural uteri (ˈjuːtəˌraɪ)

    1. anatomy a hollow muscular organ lying within the pelvic cavity of female mammals. It houses the developing fetus and by contractions aids in its expulsion at parturitionNontechnical name: womb
    2. the corresponding organ in other animals

    Word Origin for uterus C17: from Latin; compare Greek hustera womb, hoderos belly, Sanskrit udara belly Word Origin and History for uteri uterus n.

    1610s, from Latin uterus “womb, belly” (plural uteri), from PIE root *udero- “abdomen, womb, stomach” (cf. Sanskrit udaram “belly,” Greek hystera “womb,” Lithuanian vederas “sausage, intestines, stomach, lower abdomen,” Old Church Slavonic vedro “bucket, barrel,” Russian vedro), perhaps originally in PIE “outer, sticking out,” shifting to “belly” via “protruding.”

    uteri in Medicine uterus [yōō′tər-əs] n. pl. u•ter•us•es

    1. A hollow muscular organ consisting of a body, fundus, isthmus, and cervix located in the pelvic cavity of female mammals, in which the fertilized egg implants and develops into the fetus.metra womb

    uteri in Science uterus [yōō′tər-əs] Plural uteri (yōō′tə-rī′) uteruses

    1. The hollow, muscular organ of female mammals in which the embryo develops. In most mammals the uterus is divided into two saclike parts, whereas in primates it is a single structure. It lies between the bladder and rectum and is attached to the vagina and the fallopian tubes. During the menstrual cycle (estrus), the lining of the uterus (endometrium) undergoes changes that permit the implantation of a fertilized egg. Also called womb See more at menstrual cycle.

    uteri in Culture uterus [(yooh-tuh-ruhs)]

    A pear-shaped organ in the female reproductive system where the embryo or fetus develops until birth. The strong muscles of the uterus help push the baby out of the mother’s body.

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