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Pregnancy terms

A&P CH20 Pregnancy, Growth, and Development Clinical Terms

TermDefinition
abruptio placentae premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall
dizygotic twins twins resulting from two sperm cells fertilizing two egg cells
hydatidiform mole abnormal pregnancy resulting from a pathologic ovus; a mass of cysts
hydramnios excess amniotic fluid
intrauterine transfusion transfusion administered by injecting blood into the fetal peritoneal cavity before birth
lochia vaginal discharge following childbirth
meconium anal discharge from the digestive tract of a full-term fetus or a newborn
monozygotic twins twins resulting from one sperm cell fertilizing one egg cell, which then splits
perinatology branch of medicine concerned with the fetus after twenty-five weeks of development and with the newborn for the first four weeks after birth
postpartum occuring after birth
teratology study of substances that cause abnormal development and congenital malformations
trimester each third of the total period of pregnancy
ultrasonography technique used to visualize the size and position of fetal structures from patterns of deflected ultrasonic waves
 



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