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Female Reproductive System - Q – Obstetric Symptomatic Terms & A – Meaning

QuestionAnswer
Term Meaning
gravida a pregnant woman; gravida followed by a number indicates the number of pregnancies
nulligravida having never been pregnant
primigravida first pregnancy
para to bear; a woman who has produced one or more viable (live outside the uterus) offspring; para followed by a number indicates the number of times a pregnancy has resulted in a single or multiple birth
nullipara a woman who has not borne a child (nulli = none; para = to bear)
primipara first delivery (primi = first; para = to bear)
multipara a woman who has given birth to two or more children
cervical effacement progressive obliteration of the endocervical canal during delivery
estimated date of confinement (EDC) expected date for delivery of the baby; normally 280 days or 40 weeks from last menstrual period (LMP)
meconium staining presence of meconium in amniotic fluid
ruptured membranes rupture of the amniotic sac, usually at onset of labor
macrosomia large-bodied baby commonly seen in diabetic pregnancies (macro = large; soma = body)
polyhydramnios excessive amniotic fluid
Created by: MT student1