birth canal

Pronunciation: (berth kuh-NAL)

The muscular canal that goes from the uterus to the outside of the body. During birth, the baby passes through the birth canal. Also called vagina.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the female reproductive system. The organs in the female reproductive system include the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and vagina. The uterus has a muscular outer layer called the myometrium and an inner lining called the endometrium.

2006-11-13 Date last modified: 2010-12-13