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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]
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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.
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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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Laminaria farlowii is a large and conspicuous kelp, and was described from specimens collected in Monterey Bay at the close of the 19[] century.
Relationship between nitrogen content and sorus formation in the brown alga Laminaria japonica cultivated in southern Hokkaido, Japan.
Based on a random selection by a staff member, patients were assigned to one of the study groups: laminaria, misoprostol, or the control.
In Chinese medicine Kelp (Laminaria saccharina) is recommended for the treatment of Scrofula, oedema (fluid retention), goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland), topical tumours and swollen testicles.
The 'golden kelp' Laminaria ochroleuca under global change: integrating multiple ecophysiological responses with species distribution models.
Iwatsuki, "Antibacterial activity of the lactoperoxidase system combined with edible Laminaria hot-water extract as a source of halide ions," Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, vol.
Algae also grew on the cable, particularly Macrocystis pyrifera on the shallower area of Cable A, and Laminaria sp.
Copper effects in early stages of the kelp, Laminaria saccharina.
A randomized controlled trial of laminaria, oral misoprostol, and vaginal misoprostol before abortion.
Intrauterine lidocaine for pain control during laminaria insertion: a randomized controlled trial.
O'Doherty, "Effect of purified [beta]-glucans derived from Laminaria digitata, Laminaria hyperborea and Saccharomyces cerevisiae on piglet performance, selected bacterial populations, volatile fatty acids and pro-inflammatory cytokines in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs," British Journal of Nutrition, vol.