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threadlike structures in the nuclei of cells that contain genetic material


first 22 pairs of chromosomes

sex chromosomes

23rd pair of chromosomes; these determine the sex of the child

deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)

molecule composed of four nucleotide base that is the biochemical basis of heredity


group of nucleotide bases that provide a specific set of biochemical instructions


person's hereditary makeup


physical, behavioral and psychological features that result from the interaction between one's genes and the environment


variations on genes


when the chromosomes in a pair are the same


when the alleles differ from each other


form of an allele whose chemical instructions are followed


allele whose instructions are ignored when it is combined with a dominant allele

incomplete dominance

situation in which one allele does not dominate another completely

sickle-cell trait

disorder in which individuals show signs of mild anemia when they are deprived of oxygen; occurs in individuals who have one dominant allele for normal blood cells and one recessive sickle-cell allele

phenylketonuria (PKU)

inherited disorder in which the infant lacks a liver enzyme

Huntington's disease

progressive and fatal type of dementia

behavioral genetics

the branch of genetics that studies the inheritance of behavioral and psychological traits

polygenic inheritance

when phenotypes are the result of the combined activity of many separate genes

monozygotic twins

result when a single fertilized egg splits to form two new individuals; also called identical twins

dizygotic twins

result of the fertilization of two separate eggs by two sperm; also called fraternal twins

reaction range

a genotype manifested in reaction to the environment where development takes place, so a single genotype can lead to a range of phenotypes


process of deliberately seeking environments that are compatible with one's genetic makeup

nonshared environmental influences

forces within a family that make siblings different from one another

prenatal development

the many changes that turn a fertilized egg into a newborn human

in vitro fertilization

process by which sperm and an egg are mixed in a petri dish to create a zygote, which is then placed in a woman's uterus


effort to improve the human species by letting only people whose characteristics are valued by a society mate and pass along their genes


fertilized egg


step in which the zygote burrows into the uterine wall and establishes connections with a woman's blood vessels

germ disc

small cluster of cells near the center of the zygote that will eventually develop into a baby


structure through which nutrients and wastes are exchanged between the mother and the developing child


term given to the zygote once it is completely embedded in the uterine wall


outer layer of the embryo that will become the hair, outer layer of skin, and the nervous system


middle layer of the embryo; becomes the muscles, bones, and circulatory system


inner sac in which the developing child rests

amniotic fluid

fluid that surrounds the fetus

umbilical cord

structure containing veins and arteries that connects the developing child to the placenta

period of the fetus

longest period of prenatal development, extending from the 9th until the 38th week after conception

cerebral cortex

wrinkled surface of the brain that regulates many functions that are distinctly human


substance that protects the fetus' skin during development

age of viability

age at which a fetus can survive because most of its bodily systems function adequately; typically at 7 months after conception

spina bifida

disorder in which the embryo's neural tube does not close properly


physical and psychological responses to threatening or challenging conditions


agent that causes abnormal prenatal development

fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)

disorder affecting babies whose mothers consumed large amounts of alcohol while they were pregnant

fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

group of conditions that include fetal alcohol syndrome


prenatal diagnostic technique that bounces sound waves off the fetus to generate an image of the fetus


prenatal diagnostic technique that involves withdrawing a ample of amniotic fluid through the abdomen using a syringe

chorionic villus sampling

prenatal diagnostic technique that involves taking a sample of tissue from the chorion

fetal medicine

field of medicine concerned with treating prenatal problems before birth


appearance of the top of the baby's head during labor


a person familiar with child birth who is not part of the hospital medical staff but instead provides emotional and physical support throughout labor and delivery


a birth complication in which umbilical blood flow is disrupted and the infant does not receive adequate oxygen

caesarean section (C-section)

surgical removal of infant from the uterus through an incision made in the mother's abdomen

preterm (premature)

babies born before the 36th week after conception

low birth weight

weight of less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds) in a newborn

very low birth weight

weight of less than 1500 grams (3 pounds) in a newborn

extremely low birth weight

newborns who weigh less than 1000 grams (2 pounds)

infant mortality

the number of infants out of 1000 births who die before their first birthday

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