Obstetrical Terms

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Convulsions and coma in a woman with pre-eclampsia. Not related to epilepsy.
Layer in the developing embryo that gives rise to developing structures in the fetus. These include skin, teeth and glands of the mouth, the nervous system and the pituitary gland.
Pregnancy that occurs outside the uterine cavity.
Anticipated due date for delivery of the baby. Calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period.
Thinning of cervix.
Organism in the early stages of development.
First 10 weeks of gestation.
Area of tissue in early development of the embryo that gives rise to other structures. These include the digestive tract, respiratory organs, vagina, bladder and urethra. Also called endoderm or entoderm.
Regular development of the mucous membrane lining the inside of the uterus. It begins with the preparation for acceptance of a pregnancy and ends with the shedding of the lining during a menstrual period.
Mucous membrane that lines inside of the uterine wall.
Fluid injected into the rectum for the purpose of clearing out the bowel.
Congested; filled with fluid.
Protein made by cells. It acts as a catalyst to improve or cause chemical changes in other substances.
Type of anesthesia. Medication is injected around the spinal cord during labor or other types of surgery.
Surgical incision of the vulva (area behind the vagina, above the rectum). Used during delivery to avoid tearing or laceration of the vaginal opening and rectum.