The uterus (from Latin “uterus”, plural uteri) or womb is a major female hormone-responsive secondary sex organ of the reproductive system in humans and most other mammals. In the human, the lower end of the uterus, the cervix, opens into the vagina, while the upper end, the fundus, is connected to the fallopian tubes. It is within the uterus that the fetus develops during gestation. In the human embryo, the uterus develops from the paramesonephric ducts which fuse into the single organ known as a simplex uterus. The uterus has different forms in many other animals and in some it exists as two separate uteri known as a duplex uterus.
In English, the term uterus is used consistently within the medical and related professions, while the Germanic-derived term womb is also commonly used in everyday contexts.
The womb, an organ of the female reproductive system in which the young are conceived and develop until birth.
In female mammals, the organ in which the young are conceived and grow until birth; the uterus. from 8thc.
The abdomen or stomach. 8th-17thc.
The stomach of a person or creature. 8th-18thc.
A place where something is made or formed. from 15thc.
Any cavity containing and enveloping anything.
To enclose in a womb, or as if in a womb; to breed or hold in secret.