Definition of uterine in US English:



  • 1Relating to the uterus or womb.

    ‘uterine contractions’
    • ‘The tumor invaded nearly the full thickness of the cervical wall and extended into the lower uterine segment.’
    • ‘Low grade changes in the uterine cervix are caused by infection with the human papilloma virus.’
    • ‘Her medical history was unremarkable except for the extraction of a polyp from the uterine cervix.’
    • ‘The drug has been shown to cause uterine contractions and expulsion of conception products.’
    • ‘Fibroids can grow within the uterine wall, on the outside of the uterus, or inside the cavity of the uterus.’
    • ‘Such drugs increase the force and duration of uterine contractions.’
    • ‘Has the cancer penetrated the uterine muscular wall and if so, how far?’
    • ‘Advancement of cervical disease can damage the cervix or uterine cavity.’
    • ‘For example, the placenta may tear free from the uterine wall during the birth process.’
    • ‘An MRI can more reliably differentiate uterine from ovarian masses.’
    • ‘In first-degree uterine prolapse, the cervix is visible when the perineum is depressed.’
    • ‘The team infused IV fluids directly into the uterus to maintain uterine volume and prevent placental separation.’
    • ‘The stalk lengthens as the fetus develops within its amniotic sac, and at the uterine end the blood vessels become part of the developing placenta.’
    • ‘The difficulty of predicting the biological behavior of uterine smooth muscle tumors has been recognized for many years.’
    • ‘I found the chapter on glandular lesions of the uterine cervix to be clear and useful.’
    • ‘All patients were continuously monitored for fetal heart rate and uterine contractions.’
    • ‘Pain during first stage of labor is attributable to uterine contractions and cervical dilatation.’
    • ‘Preeclampsia also increases the risk of placental abruption in which the placenta separates from the uterine wall before delivery.’
    • ‘Cancer of the uterus can also be called uterine cancer.’
    • ‘The placental tissue from the fetus then invades the uterine wall by sending finger-like extensions into it.’
    1. 1.1attributive Born of the same mother but not having the same father.
      ‘a uterine sister’
      • ‘It is universally agreed that the siblings referred to in this verse are uterine siblings.’
      • ‘She had bequeathed during her death-illness one third of her property to her uterine sister.’
      • ‘In case the deceased has left no ascendant or descendent but has left the uterine brother and sister, each of the two inherit one sixth.’


Late Middle English: from uterus + -ine, or, in the sense ‘born of the same mother’, from late Latin uterinus.