The uterus is a hollow organ in the female mammal reproductive system where the embryo develops.
The part of the woman's body where an unborn fetus lives is an example of the uterus.
pl. u′teri· or u′ter·uses
- a hollow, muscular organ of female mammals in which the ovum is deposited and the embryo and fetus are developed; womb: it is usually paired, but is single in primates
- a similar structure in many invertebrates
Origin of uterusClassical Latin ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form udero-, belly from source Sanskrit udáram
nounpl. u·ter·i or u·ter·us·es
- A hollow muscular organ located in the pelvic cavity of female mammals in which the fertilized egg implants and develops. Also called womb.
- A corresponding part in other animals.
Origin of uterusMiddle English, from Latin.
(plural uteri or uteruses)
- (anatomy) An organ of the female reproductive system in which the young are conceived and develop until birth; the womb.
From Latin uterus (“womb, belly").