Intrauterine

Definition

Intrauterine means "inside the uterus."

Information

A baby grows inside the mother's womb or uterus. This is called an intrauterine environment.

An intrauterine device (IUD) is an object placed in the uterus to prevent conception and pregnancy.

Images

Female reproductive anatomy
Uterus

References

Klatt EC. The female genital tract. In: Klatt EC, ed. Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 13.

Valea FA. Reproductive anatomy: gross and microscopic, clinical correlations. In: Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, Lentz GM, Valea FA, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 3.

Review Date: 
10/8/2017
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.