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Intrauterine


Definition:

Intrauterine means "inside the uterus."

Information:

A baby grows inside the mother's womb, or uterus (in an intrauterine environment).

An intrauterine device (IUD) is an object placed in the uterus to prevent conception and pregnancy.

References:

Katz VL. Reproductive anatomy: Gross and microscopic, clinical correlations. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 3.


Review Date: 9/7/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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