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lith·o·pe·di·on, lithopedium (lith'ō-pē'dē-on, -ŭm)
A retained fetus, usually extrauterine in the abdominal cavity, which has become calcified.
[litho- + G. paidion, small child]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
lithopaedionLithopedion, a dead fetus, sometimes of full-term development, that has been retained in the womb, or in the abdominal cavity, and, eventually, calcifies. Literally, a ‘stone child’ lithopaedion is a very rare phenomenon. There is a recorded case of a woman of 69 who had carried her lithopaedion in her womb for 28 years.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005