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MoonDragon's Midwives Vocabulary
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - U



Ultrasound

High-frequency sound waves used to create a moving image, or sonogram, on a television screen to diagnose infertility and other medical problems. Done at various stages of a pregnancy to identify multiple fetuses and detect anomalies.

Umbilical Cord

A spongy, cordlike structure connecting a fetus to the placenta, carrying nourishment and removing waste via 2 veins and an artery. The cord is cut after delivery, and when the cord stump falls off, the baby's belly button is revealed.

Umbilical Hernia

When the abdominal wall is pushed out because of a weakness. Can be medically repaired in either an infant or a mother.

Universal Birth Number

An identification number assigned to a newborn by a state's office of vital statistics. Includes the date of birth, the area code of the birth site, and a registration number.

Uterus

A pear-shaped, hollow organ in a woman's abdomen where an embryo is implanted and lives throughout pregnancy.



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