cervix

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cervix

1. the technical name for neck
2. any necklike part of an organ, esp the lower part of the uterus that extends into the vagina

cervix

[′sər·viks]
(anatomy)
A constricted or necklike portion of a structure.
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An incompetent cervix will need to be monitored, possibly as an inpatient.
This is the type of change that an incompetent cervix undergoes.
reads as follows: "I also realise that the following risks and hazards may occur in connection with this particular procedure and even death: (a) Bleeding with the possibility of requiring further surgery and/or hysterectomy to control, (b) Perforation (holes in) uterus and/or damage to the bladder, bowel, blood vessel, (c) Abdominal incision and operation to correct the injury, (d) Infection of female organs: uterus, tubes, ovaries, (e) Sterility or being incapable of bearing children, (f) Incompetent cervix (g) Failure to remove all products of the conception, (h) Continuation of the pregnancy (i) Depression or "the blues", (j) Post abortion stress syndrome (k) Possible increased lifetime risk of breast cancer.
For example, one of the known risks of surgical abortion is the possible development of an incompetent cervix (a cervix that has difficulty remaining closed during pregnancy).
Women with pregnancy-induced hypertension, bleeding in the second or third trimester, abnormally placed placenta, or incompetent cervix (cervix doesn't close properly) are advised to avoid exercise in pregnancy.
The procedure itself involves days of forced cervical dilation, and, as specialists, including ob-gyns and perinatologists have reported, women subjected to partial-birth abortions risk incompetent cervix (a leading cause of infertility), uterine rupture and severe hemorrhaging.
Jackie was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix, which meant that the neck of her womb would start to open during late pregnancy.