Hegar's sign

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Hegar's sign (hay-garz) n. an indication of pregnancy detectable between the 6th and 12th weeks: used before modern urine tests for pregnancy were available. If the fingers of one hand are inserted into the vagina and those of the other are placed over the pelvic cavity, the lower part of the uterus feels very soft compared with the body of the uterus above and the cervix below. [ A. Hegar (1830–1914), German gynaecologist]