Placenta Previa Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Abnormal: Outside the expected norm, or uncharacteristic of a particular patient.

Adjacent: Lying nearby. Related terms include superjacent, subjacent, and circumjacent. Fr...

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Anterior: The front, as opposed to the posterior. The anterior surface of the heart is tow...

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Breech: The buttocks.

C-section: Short for Cesarean section.

Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Cesarean section:See C-section.

Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Corticosteroid: Any of the steroid hormones made by the outer portion (cortex) of the adre...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dilate: To stretch or enlarge. Also known as dilatate.

Fetus: An unborn offspring, from the embryo stage (the end of the eighth week after concep...

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Gestation: The period of time from conception to birth.

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Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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Low placenta: Location of the placenta in the lower part of the uterus (womb) so that the ...

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Magnesium: A mineral involved in many processes in the body including nerve signaling, the...

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Magnesium sulfate: A remarkably versatile compound administered intramuscularly and intrav...

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Maternal: 1. Pertaining to the mother as, for example, the maternal mortality rate....

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Mortality: A fatal outcome or, in one word, death. The word "mortality" is derived from "m...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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Outlet: The exit or opening. The means by which something escapes.

Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pelvis: The lower part of the abdomen, located between the hip bones. Structures in the fe...

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Placenta: A temporary organ that joins the mother and fetus, transferring oxygen and nutri...

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Placenta accreta: The abnormal adherence of the chorion of the placenta to the myometrium ...

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Placenta previa: A condition in which the placenta is implanted near the outlet of the ute...

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Placental: Pertaining to the placenta, the organ joining the mother and fetus during pregn...

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Posterior: The back or behind, as opposed to the anterior.

Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Probe: (1) In surgery, a probe is a slender flexible rod with a blunt end used to e...

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Rupture: A break or tear in any organ (such as the spleen) or soft tissue (such as the ach...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Tocolytic: Relating to the inhibition, delaying, or halting of labor. For example, a tocol...

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Trimester: In obstetrics, one of the three divisions of three months each during pregnancy...

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Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves. Ultra-sound waves can be bounced off tissues by us...

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Umbilical cord: The cord that connects the developing fetus with the placenta while the fe...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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Womb: The womb (uterus) is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's lower abdomen ...

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