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The premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall during pregnancy, often resulting in haemorrhage.
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin abruptio placentae from classical Latin abruptiō + post-classical Latin placentae, genitive singular of placenta.
abruptio placentae/əˈbrʌptɪəʊ pləˈsɛntiː/
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