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trophoblast

 [trof´o-blast]
the peripheral cells of the blastocyst, which attach the zygote (fertilized ovum) to the uterine wall and become the placenta and the membranes that nourish and protect the developing organism. The inner cellular layer is the cytotrophoblast and the outer layer is the syntrophoblast.
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troph·o·blast

(trof'ō-blast, trō'fō-blast),
The mesectodermal cell layer covering the blastocyst that erodes the uterine mucosa and through which the embryo receives nourishment from the mother; the cells do not enter into the formation of the embryo itself but contribute to formation of the placenta. The trophoblast develops processes that later receive a core of vascular mesoderm and are then known as the chorionic villi; the trophoblast soon becomes two layered, differentiating into the syncytiotrophoblast, an outer layer consisting of a multinucleated protoplasmic mass (syncytium), and the cytotrophoblast, the inner layer next to the mesoderm in which the cells retain their membranes.
Synonym(s): chorionic ectoderm
[tropho- + G. blastos, germ]
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trophoblast

(trō′fə-blăst′)
n.
The outermost layer of cells of the mammalian blastocyst that attaches the fertilized ovum to the uterine wall and serves as a nutritive pathway for the embryo.

tro′pho·blas′tic adj.
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troph·o·blast

(trō'fō-blast)
The mesectodermal cell layer covering the blastocyst, which erodes the uterine mucosa and through which the embryo receives nourishment from the mother; the cells do not enter into the formation of the embryo itself, but contribute to the formation of the placenta. The trophoblast develops processes that later receive a core of vascular mesoderm and are then known as the chorionic villi; the trophoblast soon becomes two-layered, differentiating into the syncytiotrophoblast, an outer layer consisting of a multinucleated protoplasmic mass (syncytium), and the cytotrophoblast, the inner layer next to the mesoderm in which the cells retain their membranes.
[tropho- + G. blastos, germ]
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trophoblast

The outer layer of the BLASTOCYST.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

trophoblast

the outermost layer of cells surrounding the BLASTOCYST, consisting of embryonic epithelium, which subsequently encloses all the embryonic structures of the developing mammal and forms the outer layer of the CHORION and the embryonic side of the placenta.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Trophoblast

The tissues that surround an embryo and attach it to the uterus.
Mentioned in: Choriocarcinoma
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

troph·o·blast

(trō'fō-blast)
Mesectodermal cell layer covering the blastocyst that erodes uterine mucosa and through which embryo receives nourishment from mother.
[tropho- + G. blastos, germ]
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