Intrauterine means "inside the uterus."
A baby grows inside the mother's womb, or uterus (in an intrauterine environment).
An intrauterine device (IUD) is an object placed in the uterus to prevent conception and pregnancy.
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Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.