Ancient Greek edit

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Etymology edit

From Proto-Hellenic *ustérā, from Proto-Indo-European *udtéreh₂. Originally feminine form of the adjective ὕστερος (hústeros) with the original sense "outer", from Proto-Indo-European *údteros (higher, outer), perhaps through a construction such as ὑστέρα μήτρᾱ (hustéra mḗtrā), originally denoting "the upper/protruding part" and hence "the belly". From the same root but with a different suffix – i.e. from Proto-Indo-European *úderos (stomach) – we see Sanskrit उदर (udara, belly) and Latin uterus (womb). Compare also Ancient Greek ὕδερος (húderos, dropsy).

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Noun edit

ῠ̔στέρᾱ (hustérāf (genitive ῠ̔στέρᾱς); first declension

  1. uterus, womb

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Adjective edit

ὑστέρᾱ (hustérā)

  1. feminine nominative/vocative singular of ὕστερος (hústeros)

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