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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]
1. Any of various kelps of the genera Laminaria and Saccharina of temperate and arctic waters, used commercially in foodstuffs, dietary supplements, and medicinal products.
2. A small rod formed of dehydrated laminaria tissue, applied to the cervical os to stimulate dilation.
Etymology: L, lamina, plate
a type of seaweed that swells on absorption of water.
A medical product made from a certain type of seaweed that is physically placed near the cervix to cause it to dilate.
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