amniotic fluid


Definition of amniotic fluid

: the serous fluid in which the embryo or fetus is suspended within the amnion

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Recent Examples on the Web Some congenital limb differences are caused by amniotic band syndrome—this is when the amniotic fluid in the womb entangles or joins with the limbs of the fetus, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). Claire Gillespie,, "‘#NotAWitch’: People With Limb Differences Call Out ‘The Witches’ Movie for Its Portrayal of Disabilities," 6 Nov. 2020 The high-probability patients are offered a more invasive diagnostic test using DNA either from the fetal cells floating in the amniotic fluid (amniocentesis) or from placental tissue (chorionic villus sampling). Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Last Children of Down Syndrome," 18 Nov. 2020 Use of the pain relievers reduced amniotic fluid in as little as two days, in some cases, the FDA said. Matthew Perrone, Star Tribune, "FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain relievers," 15 Oct. 2020 But when Heidi’s water broke five months early, their doctor told them that without the amniotic fluid, the baby had no chance of survival. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "Michigan Sen. Gary Peters says an abortion saved his ex-wife’s life: ‘Families face these situations every day’," 13 Oct. 2020 In the 1980s, Peters first wife, Heidi, was four months pregnant with their second child when her water broke, leaving the fetus without amniotic fluid, Peters told the magazine. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Sen. Gary Peters opens up about his family's personal abortion story," 12 Oct. 2020 Specifically, this can lead to low levels of amniotic fluid (which surrounds and protects the baby). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Warns Against Using Ibuprofen In the Second Half of Pregnancy," 19 Oct. 2020 Some of this material is inevitable, such as the amniotic fluid that presages birth and the placenta which follows it. The Economist, "How to arm Caesarean babies with the gut bacteria they need," 17 Oct. 2020 Holt explained that she was largely consumed by worry over baby James' health, especially because the newborn swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid during his birth. Jen Juneau,, "Why Pregnant Claire Holt Is 'So Anxious About Losing It Again' After Welcoming Baby No. 2," 17 Aug. 2020

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1809, in the meaning defined above

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“Amniotic fluid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of amniotic fluid

: the serous fluid in which the embryo and fetus is suspended within the amnion

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