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[woom] /wum/
the uterus of the human female and certain higher mammals.
the place in which anything is formed or produced:
the womb of time.
the interior of anything.
Obsolete. the belly.
Origin of womb
before 900; Middle English, Old English: belly, womb; cognate with Dutch wam, German Wamme, Gothic wamba belly; cf. wamus
Related forms
wombed, adjective
unwomb, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for womb
  • And then there is the story of the other fruit of her womb.
  • The findings suggest that the tendency stems from head-tilting preferences established during the last weeks in the womb.
  • And in the end, all five of the zygotes implanted into her womb died.
  • Experiments on rats suggest that a taste for junk food can be acquired in the womb.
  • As it turned out, the evolutionary answer was to let the brain keep growing outside the womb before it matures.
  • Your brain started learning how to process inertia and gravity's pull when you were still in the womb.
  • Clones die in the test tube, in the womb and after birth for reasons that researchers still scarcely understand.
  • Inherited forms of anemia may soon be treated by turning on a gene normally active only in the womb.
  • It makes no difference if the clone was made in the womb or in a beaker.
  • More oxygen in the air would have contributed to better conditions in the womb.
British Dictionary definitions for womb


the nontechnical name for uterus related adjective uterine
a hollow space enclosing something, esp when dark, warm, or sheltering
a place where something is conceived: the Near East is the womb of western civilization
(obsolete) the belly
Derived Forms
wombed, adjective
womblike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wamb; related to Old Norse vomb, Gothic wamba, Middle Low German wamme, Swedish våmm
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Word Origin and History for womb

Old English wamb, womb "belly, uterus," from Proto-Germanic *wambo (cf. Old Norse vomb, Old Frisian wambe, Middle Dutch wamme, Dutch wam, Old High German wamba, German Wamme "belly, paunch," Gothic wamba "belly, womb," Old English umbor "child"), of unknown origin.

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womb in Medicine

womb (wōōm)
See uterus.

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womb in Science
See uterus.
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