maternal-foetal unit

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maternal-foetal unit

A structurally and functionally interconnected metabolic unit shared by a mother and foetus through the placenta, which determines the levels of drugs and hormones in the mother and foetus during gestation.
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One of the causative mechanisms for preeclampsia is thought to be impaired trophoblastic remodeling that impedes development of the low-resistance vascular system of the maternal-fetal unit.
The disparate nature of CPF effects on brain development, combined with potential impact on the maternal-fetal unit or general aspects of fetal or neonatal growth and development, renders it especially difficult to identify specific underlying mechanisms from in vivo studies or to discern why specific developmental stages or neurotransmitter systems might be especially targeted by CPF.
Every cardiovascular document before this has begun at age 2 years, but in this one we go all the way back to the maternal-fetal unit since there's emerging research that the prenatal environment has an influence on the development of risk factors," he said.
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