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umbilical cord

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ʌmˈbɪl.ɪ.kəl ˌkɔːd/ us    /ˌkɔːrd/
the long, tube-like structure that connects a baby that has not yet been born to its mother's placenta (= the organ that provides it with food and oxygen): The nurse cut the baby's umbilical cord.
Translations of “umbilical cord”
in Spanish cordón umbilical…
in Korean 탯줄…
in Arabic الحَبل السرّي…
in Portuguese cordão umbilical…
in Catalan cordó umbilical…
in Japanese へその緒…
in Italian cordone ombelicale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 臍帶…
in Russian пуповина…
in Turkish göbek bağı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 脐带…
in Polish pępowina…
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