Hegar sign


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He·gar sign

(hā'gahr),
softening and compressibility of the lower segment of the uterus in early pregnancy (about the seventh week) which, on bimanual examination, is felt by the finger in the vagina as though the neck and body of the uterus were separated, or connected by only a thin band of tissue.

He·gar sign

(hā'gahr sīn)
Softening and compressibility of the lower segment of the uterus in early pregnancy (about the seventh week) that, on bimanual examination, is palpated by the finger in the vagina as though the neck and body of the uterus were separated, or connected by only a thin band of tissue.

Hegar sign

(hā′gar″)
[Alfred Hegar, Ger. gynecologist, 1830–1914]
Softening of the lower uterine segment; a probable sign of pregnancy that may be present during the second and third months of gestation. On bimanual examination, the lower part of the uterus is easily compressed between the fingers placed in the vagina and those of the other hand over the pelvic area. This is due to the overall softening of the uterus due to increasing vascularity and edema, and, because the fetus does not fill the uterine cavity at this point, the space is empty and compressible.

Hegar,

Alfred, German gynecologist, 1830-1914.
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Hegar sign - softening and compressibility of the lower segment of the uterus in early pregnancy.
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