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Medical Term:

laminaria

Pronunciation: lam'i-na're-a

Definition: Sterile rod made of kelp (genus Laminaria) that is hydrophilic, and, when placed in the cervical canal, absorbs moisture, swells, and gradually dilates the cervix.

[L. lamina, a blade]

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