fetal membrane


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fetal membrane

n.
Any of the membranous structures closely associated with or surrounding a developing vertebrate embryo, including the amnion, chorion, allantois, and yolk sac. Also called embryonic membrane.
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Noun1.fetal membrane - any membrane that functions for the protection or nourishment or respiration or excretion of a developing fetusfetal membrane - any membrane that functions for the protection or nourishment or respiration or excretion of a developing fetus
amnion, amnios, amniotic sac - thin innermost membranous sac enclosing the developing embryo of higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
chorion - the outermost membranous sac enclosing the embryo in higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
allantois - the vascular fetal membrane that lies below the chorion and develops from the hindgut in many embryonic higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals)
embryonic membrane, caul, veil - the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)
tissue layer, membrane - a pliable sheet of tissue that covers or lines or connects the organs or cells of animals or plants
umbilical, umbilical cord - membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta
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Sparks will use the money to fund pioneering research into treatment for fetal membrane rupture, which causes 40 percent of premature births.
In each plate, on which growth inhibition zone was observed, a swab was taken from the agar surface where a fetal membrane was laid as well as the marginal inhibition zone.
2) Velamentous placenta: diagnostic basis of complete velamentous placenta was that there was no insertion point at the surface of placenta, and branches of umbilical cord were at fetal membrane; diagnostic basis of partial velamentous placenta was that the insertion at the surface of placenta had several branches, most of which went deep into the placenta, and a few of which were at fetal membrane.
The scientists found that duramycin blocked infection of all the placental and fetal membrane cell types they tested, including cytotrophoblasts and amniotic epithelial cells, as well as chorionic villus explants.
fetus, fetal membrane, placenta) from the uterus of a woman.
At the end of a two-day inquest, Mr Lewis said Carly's death on May 20 was a result of multiple organ failure caused by sepsis due to chorioamnionitis - an inflammation of the fetal membrane.
Reduced collagen and ascorbic acid concentrations and increased proteolytic susceptibility with prelabor fetal membrane rupture in women.
All of these serve to promote uterine contractions and degradation of the fetal membrane," said Dr.
Messersmith has created new materials that mimic mussel adhesive proteins for three medical applications: sealants for fetal membrane repair, self-setting antibacterial hydrogels, and polymers for cancer drug delivery and thermal destruction of cancer cells.
This type of placenta typically fills the lumen of the uterine horn such that the fetal membrane makes contact with the maternal tissue along its entire circumference.
A review of records showed that 14 percent of the cerebral palsy infants had been born to women diagnosed with an inflammation of the uterine lining or fetal membrane shortly before or after giving birth, compared with only 4 percent of the healthy infants in the comparison group, the researchers report in the Nov.
The vestiges containing the atrophied fetal membrane and enclosed partially resorbed fetus are retained in the uterus to term and expelled at parturition with the full-term viable littermates.