Definition of umbilical cord in US English:

umbilical cord


  • 1A flexible cordlike structure containing blood vessels and attaching a human or other mammalian fetus to the placenta during gestation.

    • ‘Stem cells are harvested from bone marrow, umbilical cords, the brain and spinal cord and other tissues.’
    • ‘Cord blood, from the umbilical cord and placenta, contains cells which can provide an alternative to bone marrow transplants.’
    • ‘Since most nations have outlawed the use of fetus material for genetic use, an alternative has come into use, umbilical cords and placentas.’
    • ‘The lesion was not noted during a previous office visit when the infant was 10 days old and still had the umbilical cord attached.’
    • ‘I also got to see the placenta and the umbilical cord.’
    • ‘During the cesarean section, the baby's head was delivered onto the mother's abdomen with the umbilical cord still attached.’
    • ‘Transplanting cord blood stem cells from placenta and umbilical cords have the same effect as a bone-marrow transplant.’
    • ‘The sow's placenta and umbilical cord are thick tissues that selectively transfer nutrients to the developing fetus.’
    • ‘At this time, a diagnostic endoscope is inserted for assessment of the umbilical cords and placenta.’
    • ‘As the shih-tzu ingest all evidence of a fresh birth, she will shake the new whelp still attached to the placenta by its umbilical cord.’
    • ‘The baby is connected to the umbilical cord, the umbilical cord to the placenta, and the placenta to the mother, at least at this stage of the proceedings.’
    • ‘It may be too thin, too thick, have an extra lobe, connect abnormally to the umbilical cord, or attach abnormally to the fetal membranes.’
    • ‘Hematopoietic stem cells, rich sources found in the umbilical cord and placenta, are precursors of mature blood cells.’
    • ‘Delivery was via cesarean section secondary to decreased/absent diastolic flow from placenta to umbilical cord.’
    • ‘She then licks the puppy thoroughly to stimulate it and bites through the umbilical cord, which attaches the pup to the placenta (afterbirth).’
    • ‘The study also represents the first successful animal model for studying how stem cells from human bone marrow and umbilical cord blood might be used to treat liver disease.’
    • ‘Thus the fetus grows its own umbilical cord, containing its own blood vessels: two arteries and a single vein.’
    • ‘In another plastic container they found a fully developed fetus with part of an umbilical cord attached.’
    • ‘New alternatives, which are currently experimental, include harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord blood or placentas of new born babies.’
    • ‘Around the tenth week of pregnancy, the intestine moves from the umbilical cord into the abdomen.’
    1. 1.1 A flexible cable, pipe, or other line carrying essential services or supplies.
      • ‘I'm not going to argue that we deserve to drag our electronic umbilical cords everywhere.’
      • ‘Another possibility is the retention of Burley Woodhead by Ilkley Parish, creating a narrow umbilical cord of connection between Menston and Ilkley.’
      • ‘‘They are electronic umbilical cords to the workplace,’ says Joanne B. Ciulla, author of The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work.’
      • ‘A tether like a thick umbilical cord, medical telemetry and air supply, trailed back to the mock-Mercury.’
      • ‘All of these are connected to Kumar by a four-inch-thick black plastic umbilical cord known as the K2 pipeline, which snakes up the center of the glacier.’
      • ‘The player is attached to the TV via an umbilical cord from the nipples and keypad of the controller to the RF socket of the television.’
      • ‘This reliance on cumbersome logistics limited mobility, as armies tethered by umbilical cords of supply could not go too fast or too far.’
      • ‘He plugged in, the long black connector like an umbilical cord attaching guitar to amp.’
      • ‘Mission scientists have no way to communicate with Huygens once the electronic umbilical cord is cut, so the craft will be on its own.’
      • ‘Often, autonomy for robots is set at par with being mobile without an umbilical cord that connects the robot to a power supply and sometimes to an off-board computer.’


umbilical cord

/ˌəmˈbɪlək(ə)l ˌkɔrd//ˌəmˈbilək(ə)l ˌkôrd/