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Definition of Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis: Inflammation of the chorion and the amnion, the membranes that surround the fetus. Chorioamnionitis usually is associated with a bacterial infection. This may be due to bacteria ascending from the mother's genital tract into the uterus to infect the membranes and the amniotic fluid. Chorioamnionitis is dangerous to the mother and child.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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