noun, plural endometria [en-doh-mee-tree-uh] . Anatomy.
the mucous membrane lining the uterus.

1880–85; endo- + Neo-Latin -metrium < Greek mḗtr(ā) womb + -ion diminutive suffix

endometrial, adjective
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endometrium (ˌɛndəʊˈmiːtrɪəm)
n , pl -tria
the mucous membrane that lines the uterus
[C19: New Latin, from endo- + Greek mētra uterus]

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1882, from endo- + Gk. metra uterus, related to meter (see mother).
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endometrium en·do·me·tri·um (ěn'dō-mē'trē-əm)
n. pl. en·do·me·tri·a (-trē-ə)
The glandular mucous membrane comprising the inner layer of the uterine wall.

en'do·me'tri·al adj.
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endometrium   (ěn'dō-mē'trē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural endometria
The mucous membrane that lines the uterus. A fertilized egg must embed itself in the endometrium in order to develop into an embryo. See more at menstrual cycle.
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