Intrauterine means "inside the uterus."
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.
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Review Date: 11/4/2021
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.