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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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.
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