The surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen (and
uterus in normal cases) for the delivery of offspring.
A procedure for obtaining a sample of chorionic villi
(blood from the outside of the embryo) for the purpose of
genetic testing, usually performed between the 9th and 12th
weeks of pregnancy.
A gestation elsewhere than in the uterus. For women, this
usually occurs in the fallopian tube. Symptoms include abdominal
pain, fainting, and/or vaginal bleeding.
The developing human individual from the time of implantation
to the end of the eighth week after conception.
A copious discharge of blood from the blood vessels; heavy
(in vitro fertilization)
Fertilization outside the body in a laboratory. The term "test
tube baby" is inaccurate since fertilization occurs in a small
circular dish, not a test tube.
The smooth serous membrane which lines the cavity of the
abdomen. It surrounds the large interior organs and forms
a closed (or nearly closed) sac.
The vascular organ in most mammals that unites the fetus
to the maternal uterus (or in this case, the abdominal wall)
and mediates its metabolic exchanges through a more or less
intimate association of mucosal with chorionic and usually