amniotic fluid


Definition of amniotic fluid

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

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In 2015 Baron-Cohen and his colleagues published results of an analysis of a large group of amniotic fluid samples from Denmark that are linked to population registries of mental health. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016 Emilie Gentry, 28, almost died after contracting bacterial infection chorioamnionitis, which impacts the membranes of the uterus and the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018 The family's story is heartbreaking — after a routine pregnancy and a normal C-section delivery, Sharry died of an amniotic fluid clot, a rare complication that causes abnormal postpartum clotting. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "The Internet Banded Together to Help Grieving Dad Save His Dead Wife's Lullabies," 2 Nov. 2016 Down syndrome can be detected in fetuses through blood tests and amniocentesis, a test that samples amniotic fluid in the uterus to detect developmental abnormalities. Gillian Mcgoldrick,, "Pa. lawmakers pushing controversial bill banning Down syndrome abortions," 13 June 2018 Something was wrong with Carson’s heart, and Stephanie’s amniotic fluid levels were very low. USA TODAY, "Photos capture newborn's miraculous time on Earth," 2 May 2018 By then, Corinna had been in touch with Dr. Holm Schneider, a professor of pediatrics at University Hospital Erlangen who had treated mice and dogs with a version of the disorder by injecting a protein into the amniotic fluid. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Twins treated for genetic disorder in the womb," 18 May 2018 While living in a mother’s womb, cushioned by amniotic fluid and protected from the outside world, babies have only minimal exposure to microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. Steven Townsend,, "How mother's milk shapes baby's microbiome - and overall health," 9 May 2018 Their trick was simple: inject it into the amniotic fluid during pregnancy. Eric Boodman, STAT, "‘A full rescue’: Drug injected before birth treats rare genetic disorder," 25 Apr. 2018

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1809, in the meaning defined above

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

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