Obstetrical Terms

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Cancerous change of gestational trophoblastic disease.
X-ray study of the breasts to identify normal and abnormal breast tissue.
Increased pigmentation over the area of the face under each eye. Commonly has the appearance of a butterfly.
First intestinal discharge of the newborn; green or yellow in color. It consists of epithelial or surface cells, mucus and bile. Discharge may occur before or during labor or soon after birth.
Pigmented mole or tumor. It may or may not be cancerous.
Congenital defect of the central nervous system of the baby. Membranes and the spinal cord protrude through an opening or defect in the vertebral column.
Regular or periodic discharge of a bloody fluid from the uterus.
Tissue of the embryo that forms connective tissue, muscles, kidneys, ureters and other organs.
Change in the structure of a tissue into another type that is not normal for that tissue.
Abnormally small development of the head in the developing fetus.
See Abortion.
Failed pregnancy without bleeding or cramping. Often diagnosed by ultrasound weeks or months after a pregnancy fails.
Pain that coincides with release of an egg from the ovary.
Infection caused by yeast or monilia. Usually affects the vagina and vulva.
Twins conceived from one egg. Often called identical twins.
Nausea and vomiting, without ill health, found primarily during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Cells resulting from the early division of the fertilized egg at the beginning of pregnancy.
Secretions in cervix; often released just before labor.
Change in the character of a gene. Passed from one cell division to another.