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  Labor contractions



Labor contractions

    Rhythmic tightening of the muscular wall of the uterus to push the fetus down through the vagina during childbirth.

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Uterus
The uterus is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen, between the bladder and the rectum, that sheds its lining each month during menstruation and in which a fertilized egg (ovum) becomes implanted and the fetus develops.

Fetus
The stage of human development from 10 weeks' gestation until birth.

Vagina
The tube that forms the passage between the cervix/uterus and the vulva. It receives the penis during sexual intercourse and serves as the delivery passage for birth and for menstrual flow.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Labor
The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.

Labor room
A room designed to accommodate a woman's labor, delivery, and recovery.



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Labor contractions

Lactase
An enzyme in the small intestine needed to digest milk sugar (lactose).

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