One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverb
In a woman's uterus; before birth.as adverb ‘this damage may occur in utero’as adjective ‘the in utero development of the gastrointestinal tract’
embryonic, fetal, expected, awaitedView synonyms
- ‘Her first heartbeat, first kick, every in utero move - all broadcast to a network of family and friends.’
- ‘Manipulating the in utero environment may alter the onset of cancers that appear later in the lives of mammals, according to a new University of Toronto study published in the journal Carcinogenesis.’
- ‘The likelihood of the fetus contracting an in utero infection depends on several factors.’
- ‘It appears that in utero exposure to nicotine may help to perpetuate a cycle across generations that links addiction and behavioral problems.’
- ‘Among children who had at some time in their lives smoked daily for a month or more, those exposed in utero to a mother's pack-a-day smoking had double the odds of progressing to addiction.’
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