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  Membranes



Membranes

    Also know as the bag of waters, this thin sac contains the amniotic fluid and the fetus. The membranes will either rupture spontaneously during labor or be ruptured to speed up labor.

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

Membranes
Also know as the bag of waters, this thin sac contains the amniotic fluid and the fetus. The membranes will either rupture spontaneously during labor or be ruptured to speed up labor.

Rupture
A break or tear in any organ or soft tissue.

Labor
The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Membrane
A flexible layer surrounding a cell, organelle (such as the nucleus), or other bodily structure. The movement of molecules across a membrane is strictly regulated in both directions.

Membranous discs
Located in outer segments of photoreceptors.



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Maternity cycle
The period of time from conception through the first six weeks after birth.

Maternity leave
Paid or unpaid time off work to care for a new baby, either after adoption or giving birth. In the U.S., under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, companies with 50 or more employees are required to offer eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period after the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.

Measles mumps rubella vaccine
Used to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella, the MMR vaccine is usually given first between 12 and 15 months, and then again later in childhood. Reactions to the MMR vaccine are common, but generally mild: 20 percent of children will develop a rash or slight fever one to two weeks after receiving the shot.

Meconium
A newborn's first bowel movements, which are dark, sticky, and usually greenish-black, and last for the first few days of the infant's life. If meconium is visible in the amniotic fluid prior to delivery, it can be a sign that the fetus is in distress.

Medical tests
Procedures used to assess the condition of a patient. They range from noninvasive, such as listening to a heartbeat, to invasive, such as a spinal tap.

Membranes

Mental disorders
Dangerous, aggressive behavior towards others, including non-communicative, withdrawal, depression, autistic, and psychotic tendencies.

Mental retardation
Slower than normal or limited intellectual and emotional development.

Metabolic disorders
Genetic disorders affecting the way food is digested.

Metatarsus valgus
Commonly known as a "duck walk." Generally corrects itself.

Metatarsus varus
Commonly known as "pigeon toed." Generally corrects itself but may need surgery in severe cases.

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