Box of laminaria tents, 1871-1900.

Image number: 10328816

Box of laminaria tents, 1871-1900.

Laminaria tents are a genus of kelp or seaweed which when dried has the ability to absorb water and expand with considerable force. They expand gradually to up to four times their original diameter, and are used to dilate the uterine cervical canal.

Image number:
10328816
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
30 October 2003 09:22
Image rights:
Science Museum