prenatal diagnosis

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Noun1.prenatal diagnosis - any of the diagnostic procedures used to determine whether a fetus has a genetic abnormality
diagnostic procedure, diagnostic technique - a procedure followed in making a medical diagnosis
echography, sonography, ultrasonography, ultrasound - using the reflections of high-frequency sound waves to construct an image of a body organ (a sonogram); commonly used to observe fetal growth or study bodily organs
amnio, amniocentesis - (pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
fetoscopy, foetoscopy - prenatal diagnosis that allows direct observation of a fetus in the uterus and the withdrawal of fetal blood
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High-Risk Pregnancy and Foetal Diagnosis outlines in plain terms the choices expectant mothers and fathers have with regard to screening tests and their risks, cases where the unborn is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disorder, labor and delivery versus means of terminating high-risk pregnancies or pregnancies with a severe malformation, the options for placing a child with Down's syndrome or other severe but nonlethal genetic flaws if the family feels unable to give proper care, and much more.
The other two babies have not been delivered yet, said Mr Joseph Bruner, director of foetal diagnosis and therapy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
She said: "Today's decision is hugely significant to ensure the right to access abortion for women and girls who have been raped, are victims of incest or whose pregnancies have been given a fatal foetal diagnosis.