Transplacental refers to the ability of a toxin or pathogen to cross the physical and biological barriers of the placenta separating the mother and fetus, to whom such substances may be dangerous. This would include, for example, HIV and the drug thalidomide.

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  • transplacental — adjective occurring through or by way of the placenta transplacental passage of nutrients • Similar to: ↑placental * * * |tranz, raan , n(t)s+ adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary trans + New Latin …   Useful english dictionary

  • transplacental — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1902 passing through or occurring by way of the placenta < transplacental immunization > • transplacentally adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • transplacental — Crossing the placenta. * * * trans·pla·cen·tal .tran(t)s plə sent əl adj relating to, involving, or being passage (as of an antibody) between mother and fetus through the placenta <transplacental immunization> trans·pla·cen·tal·ly əl ē adv… …   Medical dictionary

  • transplacental — /trans pleuh sen tl/, adj. across or passing through the placenta. [1925 30; TRANS + PLACENTAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • transplacental — adjective Through or across the placenta …   Wiktionary

  • transplacental — adj. through the placenta, through the organ that forms on the wall of the uterus during pregnancy and carries nourishment to a growing fetus while removing waste products …   English contemporary dictionary

  • transplacental — trans·placental …   English syllables

  • transplacental — trans•pla•cen•tal [[t]ˌtræns pləˈsɛn tl[/t]] adj. phl across or passing through the placenta • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • transplacental infection — infection acquired by the fetus in utero by the hematogenous spread of a maternal infection across the placenta via the chorionic villi; called also hematogenous i …   Medical dictionary

  • hematogenous infection — transplacental i …   Medical dictionary

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