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outermost layer of the two membranes surrounding the embryo; it forms the fetal part of the placenta.
empty orvarion follicle that secretes progesterone after release of the egg cell; literally means yellow(liteum) body (corpus)
follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
secreted by the pituitary gland to stimulate maturation of the egg cell (ovum)
human chorionic gonadotropin (hgc)
hormone produced by the placenta to sustain pregnancy by stimulating the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone.
developing sac enclosing each ovum within the ovary. Only about 400 of these sacs mature in a woman's lifetime.
endocrine gland at the base of the brain. It produces hormones to stimulate the ovaries.
vascular organ that develops in the uterine wall during pregnancy. It serves as a communication between the maternal and fetal bloodstream.
pelvic infammatory disease
inflammation and infection of organs in the pelvic region; salpingitis, oophoritis, endometritis, endocervicitis.
implantation of the placenta over the cervical opening or in the lower region of the uterus
abnormal condition associated with pregnancy, marked by high blood pressure, proteinuria, edema, and headache.
meconium aspiration syndrome
abnormal inhalation of meconium (first stool) produced by a fetus or newborn
x-ray imaging of the uterus and fallopian tubes after injection of contrast material
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