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Walking epidural

Usually refers to combined spinal-epidural anesthesia. A method of pain relief in which anesthesia is injected into spinal fluid around the spinal cord as well as the space around the spinal cord (epidural space). Because the dose of the anesthesia used is much smaller than that used during a regular epidural the muscle strength in the legs is less likely to be affected.

Wharton's jelly

A gelatin-like substance (mucoid tissue) that surrounds and protects the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. Wharton's jelly is named after Thomas Wharton (1614-1673) the physician and anatomist who first described it.

Womb ( uterus )

The pear shaped reproductive organ in a woman's pelvis.



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