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viewing of the fetus in utero by means of the fetoscope; this is now only rarely done, having been replaced by percutaneous umbilical blood sampling. adj., adj fetoscop´ic.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use of a fiberoptic endoscope to view the fetus and the fetal surface of the placenta transabdominally, and also for collection of fetal blood from the umbilical vein for antenatal diagnosis of fetal disorders.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
fetoscopyObstetrics An imaging technique in which a ultrasound-guided, 3 mm in diameter needle with an endoscope is inserted through the abdominal wall into the uterus to view a living fetus; fetoscopy can be performed in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy and carries a significant risk of fetal wastage, related to rupture of fetal membranes. Cf Embryoscopy.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Use of a fiberoptic endoscope to view the fetus and the fetal surface of the placenta transabdominally, and also for collection of fetal blood from the umbilical vein for prenatal diagnosis of fetal disorders.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
fetoscopyVisual examination of the fetus within the womb (uterus), by means of a fine fibre-optic viewing and illumination system passed into the amniotic fluid, through the wall of the uterus. Fetoscopy allows confirmation of physical abnormalities. There is a small risk of causing abortion.
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