Placental dysfunction

Alternative names
Placental insufficiency

Definition
The placenta is the structure that brings oxygen and nutrients to a fetus, and gets rid of carbon dioxide and other wastes. Placental insufficiency is an abnormal condition of pregnancy, in which the placenta, its membranes, or the umbilical cord develop abnormally and affect the growth of the fetus.

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Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Gevorg A. Poghosian, Ph.D.

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