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Pronunciation: berth


  1. Passage of the fetus from the uterus to the outside world; the act of being born.
  2. Specifically, in the human, complete expulsion or extraction of a fetus from its mother, irrespective of gestational age, and regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached.
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