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  Fetus



Fetus

    The stage of human development from 10 weeks' gestation until birth.

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Development
The process of growth and differentiation.

Gestation
The period of bearing a pregnancy from fertilization to delivery.



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Fetuin
The first alpha-globulins to appear in mammalian sera during development of the embryo and the dominant serum proteins in early embryonic life. They reappear in the adult serum during certain pathologic states, primarily hepatocellular carcinoma. They may also be elevated in the amniotic fluid and maternal serum during pregnancy in ANENCEPHALY.

Fetuins
The first alpha-globulins to appear in mammalian sera during development of the embryo and the dominant serum proteins in early embryonic life. They reappear in the adult serum during certain pathologic states, primarily hepatocellular carcinoma. They may also be elevated in the amniotic fluid and maternal serum during pregnancy in ANENCEPHALY.

Fetus, Harlequin
A chronic, congenital ichthyosis inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. Infants are usually born encased in a collodion membrane which sheds within a few weeks. Scaling is generalized and marked with grayish-brown quadrilateral scales, adherent at their centers and free at the edges. In some cases, scales are so thick that they resemble armored plate.

Fetuses
The unborn offspring of any viviparous mammals, in the postembryonic period, after the major structures have been outlined. (Dorland, 28th ed.)

Fetuses, Aborted
The unborn offspring of any viviparous mammals, in the postembryonic period, after the major structures have been outlined. (Dorland, 28th ed.)



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Tissue consisting of or containing fibers.

Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
The hormone released from the pituitary. FSH stimulates estrogen production in females, and sperm production in males. FSH uses cyclic AMP as its second messenger.

Fallopian tubes
Female reproductive organ. The fallopian tubes take up the mature ovum after ovulation and carry it to the uterus. The fallopian tubes are the site of fertilization.

Free radical
Any molecule that contains an unpaired electron. Free radicals are unstable and will extract electrons from other biological molecules, which generates more free radicals.

Fetus

Fertilization
The combining of the genetic material carried by sperm and egg to create an embryo. Normally occurs inside the fallopian tube (in vivo) but may also occur in a petri dish (in vitro).

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Farsightedness
Hyperopia occurs when the eyeball is too short from front to back, or the eye's focusing mechanism is too weak, causing light rays to be focused behind, rather than on the retina. People with hyperopia have difficulty seeing objects close up.

Fanconi anemia
A rare inherited type of aplastic anemia that is often but not always associated with skeletal abnormalities. Fanconi anemia carries an increased risk to the patient of developing acute myelogenous leukemia. The disorder may be treated by stem cell transplantation.

Forensics
Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. For example, forensic pathology is the study of the human body to determine cause and manner of death. Criminalistics is the application of various sciences to answer questions relating to examination and comparison of biological evidence, trace evidence, impression evidence, drugs and firearms. Forensic odontology is the study of the uniqueness of dentition. Etcetera.

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