General English

  • noun the hollow organ in a woman’s body where a fertilised egg is lodged and an unborn baby is carried


  • noun an organ inside which the eggs or young of animals develop


  • noun the hollow organ in a woman’s pelvic cavity, behind the bladder and in front of the rectum in which the embryo develops before birth.

Origin & History of “uterus”

Latin uterus ‘belly, womb’ goes back ultimately to an Indo-European *udero- or *wedero-, which also produced Sanskrit udáram ‘belly’, Latvian vēders ‘belly’, and possibly Greek hustérā ‘womb’ (source of English hysteria). It was first used in English by Helkiah Crooke in his Description of the Body of Man 1615.