umbilical cord

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umbilical cord (plural umbilical cords)

  1. (anatomy) The flexible structure connecting a foetus with the placenta; it transports nourishment to the foetus and removes waste.
  2. (aeronautics, space) The line that supplies an astronaut with oxygen and communications when outside a spacecraft.
  3. (aeronautics, space) Any of the various lines connecting a rocket to its launch pad before liftoff.
  4. (figuratively) An overdependence on, or overattachment to, one's parents or guardians.


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