Definition of umbilical cord in English:

umbilical cord

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  • 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.’
    • ‘Thus the fetus grows its own umbilical cord, containing its own blood vessels: two arteries and a single vein.’
    • ‘Transplanting cord blood stem cells from placenta and umbilical cords have the same effect as a bone-marrow transplant.’
    • ‘At this time, a diagnostic endoscope is inserted for assessment of the umbilical cords and placenta.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the cesarean section, the baby's head was delivered onto the mother's abdomen with the umbilical cord still attached.’
    • ‘The lesion was not noted during a previous office visit when the infant was 10 days old and still had the umbilical cord attached.’
    • ‘Around the tenth week of pregnancy, the intestine moves from the umbilical cord into the abdomen.’
    • ‘Delivery was via cesarean section secondary to decreased/absent diastolic flow from placenta to umbilical cord.’
    • ‘New alternatives, which are currently experimental, include harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord blood or placentas of new born babies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She then licks the puppy thoroughly to stimulate it and bites through the umbilical cord, which attaches the pup to the placenta (afterbirth).’
    • ‘The sow's placenta and umbilical cord are thick tissues that selectively transfer nutrients to the developing fetus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In another plastic container they found a fully developed fetus with part of an umbilical cord attached.’
    • ‘Since most nations have outlawed the use of fetus material for genetic use, an alternative has come into use, umbilical cords and placentas.’
    • ‘I also got to see the placenta and the umbilical cord.’
    • ‘Cord blood, from the umbilical cord and placenta, contains cells which can provide an alternative to bone marrow transplants.’
    1. 1.1A flexible cable, pipe, or other line carrying essential services or supplies.
      ‘This reliance on cumbersome logistics limited mobility, as armies tethered by umbilical cords of supply could not go too fast or too far.’
      • ‘‘They are electronic umbilical cords to the workplace,’ says Joanne B. Ciulla, author of The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work.’
      • ‘I'm not going to argue that we deserve to drag our electronic umbilical cords everywhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A tether like a thick umbilical cord, medical telemetry and air supply, trailed back to the mock-Mercury.’
      • ‘Another possibility is the retention of Burley Woodhead by Ilkley Parish, creating a narrow umbilical cord of connection between Menston and Ilkley.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He plugged in, the long black connector like an umbilical cord attaching guitar to amp.’


umbilical cord

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