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Dr. Kennedy Caul (or cowl) is a membrane in obstetrics and in cooking. In obstetrics, the caul is the amnion, one of the two fetal membranes, the other being the chorion. The amnion, or caul, encloses the amniotic sac (which is what breaks before most deliveries and this is the event which usually precipitates labor). To be "born in a caul," that is to day in an intact unbroken amniotic sac, means to be born with the head covered by the amnion. To be born in a caul was long believed to be a sign of future greatness.

In cooking, the caul is the greater omentum, the membrane that hangs like an apron in front of the intestines within the abdominal cavity. The caul is used to wrap and hold meat together. (The caul may be from pigs, cows, sheep, goats, etc.) The caul melts during cooking, moisturizing and flavoring the meat.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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