Hegar's sign


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Hegar's sign

 [ha´gahrz]
compressibility and softening of the lower uterine segment, a probable sign of pregnancy; the lower uterine segment just above the cervix becomes so soft that when compressed between two fingers its wall cannot be felt or feels extremely thin.
Hegar's sign–compressibility of the lower uterus–reflects softening of the isthmus of the cervix. From McKinney et al., 2000.

Hegar's sign

Etymology: Alfred Hegar; L, signum, sign
a softening of the isthmus of the uterine cervix that occurs early in gestation. It is a probable sign of pregnancy.

Hegar's sign

Softening of womb (uterus) due to its increased blood supply, perceptible on gentle finger pressure on the neck (cervix). This is one of the confirmatory signs of pregnancy and is usually obvious by the 16th week.