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prolapse of the uterus


Definition: downward movement of the uterus due to laxity and atony of the muscular and fascial structures of the pelvic floor, usually resulting from injuries of childbirth or advanced age; prolapse occurs in three forms; first degree prolapse, the cervix of the prolapsed uterus is well within the vaginal orifice; second degree prolapse, the cervix is at or near the introitus; third degree prolapse (procidentia uteri), the cervix protrudes well beyond the vaginal orifice.

Synonym(s): descensus uteri, falling of the womb

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