Obstetrical Terms

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Sudden onset of a convulsion.
Painful episode caused by sickle-cell disease.
Anemia caused by abnormal red blood cells shaped like a sickle or a cylinder.
Presence of the trait for sickle-cell anemia. Not sickle-cell disease itself.
Element found in many foods, particularly salt. Ingestion of too much sodium may cause fluid retention.
Congenital abnormality characterized by a defect in the vertebral column. Membranes of the spinal cord and the spinal cord protrude outside the protective bony canal of the spine.
Anesthesia given in the spinal canal.
Loss of pregnancy during the first 20 weeks of gestation.
Decreased flow.
Estimation of the descent of the baby. Ranges from -4 to +4. 0 = directly at pelvis.
Area on the ovary where the egg has been released at the time of ovulation.
Areas of the skin that have red marks where the skin has been over stretched. Often found on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks and legs.
Groove or furrow on the surface of the brain.
Phospholipid present in the lungs. Controls surface tension of lungs. Premature babies often lack sufficient amounts of surfactant to breathe without assistance.
Sexually transmitted venereal infection caused by treponema pallidum.