Medical Definition of Umbilical cord

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Umbilical cord: The cord that connects the developing fetus with the placenta while the fetus
is in the uterus. The umbilical arteries and vein
run within this cord. The umbilical cord is clamped and cut at birth, and its residual tip forms the
bellybutton.

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018

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