erythroblastosis fetalis

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erythroblastosis fe·ta·lis

 (fē-tā′lĭs)
n.
A severe hemolytic disease of a fetus or newborn infant caused by the production of maternal antibodies against the fetal red blood cells, usually involving Rh incompatibility between the mother and fetus. Also called RH disease.

[New Latin erythroblastōsis fētālis : erythroblastōsis, erythroblastosis + fētālis, fetal.]
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Noun1.erythroblastosis fetalis - severe anemia in newborn babies; the result of Rh incompatibility between maternal and fetal blood; typically occurs when the child of an Rh-negative mother inherits Rh-positive blood from the father; can be diagnosed before birth by amniocentesis
anemia, anaemia - a deficiency of red blood cells
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Fetal erythroblastosis is stimulated by an increase in erythropoietin in response to hypoxia with a few hours' delay, with its umbilical blood level correlating with umbilical arterial pH.
25) Placental oxygen consumption is 4 times higher than fetal oxygen consumption; therefore, the placenta organ is the first affected by hypoxic conditions, followed only later by fetal compromise, in some cases, which was proven in experimental studies for midgestation at least (18) and was confirmed by this study which shows that fetal erythroblastosis is less frequent than purely placental hypoxic lesions (Table 2).