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Daniceguy
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While this IS a factual story, I can see it becoming fodder for an urban legend real quick!

Woman with two uteruses (uteri) gives birth to triplets.


Pretty amazing that these babies were conceived naturally. Maybe the parents should start playing the lottery!

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Wow, that's pretty interesting. They are very veyer lucky. [Smile]

On a sidenote, I thought this may be a debate as to if a single uterus should be called a uteri. Like a die is one of a set of dice. I don't know. I think oddly this way. And yes, I always jokingly say uteri.

Forgotten "MY UTERI!" Fay

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Wow, the 1 in 1000 amazed me. That is quite a lot of women with extra rooms! Over 60,000 in Britain alone!!!
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I thik it follows the same rule as octopus, Fay. A single is an octopus, and mulitple are octopi.

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Richard W
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Nooo! Octopuses are octopuses, not octopi!

According to Collins, the plural of uterus is uteri, though. It doesn't give "uteruses" as an alternative, even.

For cactus they give both cactuses and cacti.

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I know someone who uses "viri" for the plural of "virus." I just let her do it because she's a real know-it-all and thinks she sounds intelligent by saying that. The first time I heard it, I had to look it up because I wasn't sure. Guess I'm just Mrs. Stu P. Dass! ::jocularity running rampant:: In case you think I should be kind and correct her to keep her from sounding foolish, you'd be wrong. She got very angry with me once for quietly correcting something she was saying in error. I have since learned to keep my big mouth shut. [lol]

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Zachary Fizz
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I think you can also say octopodes, though.

I use the words "forums" and "memorandums" as a point of principle, and because they are correct English, though I always feel a pang of guilt for not saying fora or memoranda.

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Nooo! Octopuses are octopuses, not octopi!

According to Collins, the plural of uterus is uteri, though. It doesn't give "uteruses" as an alternative, even.

For cactus they give both cactuses and cacti.

Actually, according to this neither of us are technically correct.

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The second most popular plural, octopuses, is one of the forms considered correct by dictionaries. It is not a classical form. It is the regular English plural. The correct classical plural is the next-to-least popular, octopodes. The reason is that octopus isn't really a Latin word; it's a Greek word that was borrowed into Latin. In Greek the nominative singular was ὀκτώπους [oktopus] and the plural was ὀκτώποδες [oktopodes]. Like many Greek loans into Latin, it is declined more-or-less as in Greek, as a third declension noun.


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Mad Jay
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In wonder how big the moether got when she was pregnant. I am imagining that each womb would have it's own placenta, so there waould have been the added weight of an extra placenta.

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Daniceguy
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Originally posted by Mad Jay:
In wonder how big the moether got when she was pregnant. I am imagining that each womb would have it's own placenta, so there waould have been the added weight of an extra placenta.

Actually each fetus, except in the case of identical twins, has its own placenta. So she wouldn't have had more placental weight than a woman carrying triplets in one uterus.

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The plural of virus is "viruses," according to wikipedia. "Viri," btw, is completely wrong, not even wrong in a pedantic hypercorrection sense.

Both the OED and wikipedia concur that the correct plural of "octopus" is "octopuses." "Octopi" is widely used but based on the incorrect assumption that "octopus" was a Latin word; if you wanted to use a pedantic word you might be able to convince some people that "octopodes" is acceptable.

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quote:
Originally posted by Daniceguy:
...Actually each fetus, except in the case of identical twins, has its own placenta. So she wouldn't have had more placental weight than a woman carrying triplets in one uterus.

Even in the case of monozygotic twins (MZ), there may be two placentas (umm... placentae). [Wink] MZ twins may be dichorionic-diamniotic, in which case they would have two placentas, monochorionic-diamniotic (one placenta with two "sacs") or monochrionic-monamniotoc (one placenta, one "sac"), although the last state is the most rare and is also high-risk.

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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[cont. hijack]Nick, where does the use of virii (with the double i--triple if you count the one in the middle) come from, do you know?

Seaboe

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Nick Theodorakis
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quote:
Originally posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker:
[cont. hijack]Nick, where does the use of virii (with the double i--triple if you count the one in the middle) come from, do you know?

Seaboe

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Who knows? Leetspeak? A shibboleth? An in-joke? An infectious meme?

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quote:
Originally posted by Nick Theodorakis:
Even in the case of monozygotic twins (MZ), there may be two placentas (umm... placentae). [Wink] MZ twins may be dichorionic-diamniotic, in which case they would have two placentas, monochorionic-diamniotic (one placenta with two "sacs") or monochrionic-monamniotoc (one placenta, one "sac"), although the last state is the most rare and is also high-risk.

Wow. I didn't know that. How would MZ twins with two placentas be distinguished from fraternal (DZ?) twins, in the absence of genetic testing?

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
quote:
Originally posted by Nick Theodorakis:
Even in the case of monozygotic twins (MZ), there may be two placentas (umm... placentae). [Wink] MZ twins may be dichorionic-diamniotic, in which case they would have two placentas, monochorionic-diamniotic (one placenta with two "sacs") or monochrionic-monamniotoc (one placenta, one "sac"), although the last state is the most rare and is also high-risk.

Wow. I didn't know that. How would MZ twins with two placentas be distinguished from fraternal (DZ?) twins, in the absence of genetic testing?
You can't, in the absence of any other obvious markers of discordance (such as different sex or blood type).

Anecdotally, in the twins-triplets newsgroup I used to frequent, there were several parents that had twins that were "diagnosed" by the obstetrician as being DZ based solely on the presence of two placentas, but were confirmed as MZ by genetic testing (in some cases years later).

Some surveys put the frequency of dichorionic MZ twinning as 25%-30% of all MZ twins; however, I have my suspicion that it may be higher than that because some doctors still assume that all dichorionic twins are DZ.

There was also some supsicion in that newsgroup that the Olsen twins, which are claimed by the publicist to be DZ, might be actually be misdiagnosed as MZ due to circumstances like those discussed above; nobody seems to know if they were ever genetically tested.

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