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[mass noun] A condition in which the placenta partially or wholly blocks the neck of the uterus, so interfering with normal delivery of a baby.
- ‘As with placental abruption, placenta previa can result in the birth of a premature baby.’
- ‘We sent questionnaires to the 220 clinical tutors of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in England and Wales to survey the antenatal management of asymptomatic placenta praevia.’
- ‘Partway through the pregnancy, however, I developed placenta previa, and my pregnancy became high risk.’
- ‘The diagnosis of placenta previa is very common in the second trimester, but more than 95% of these do not have placenta previa at delivery.’
- ‘Smoking during pregnancy is associated with low birth weight, premature delivery, placenta previa (a complication that could cause bleeding and become a medical emergency), miscarriage and post-delivery death.’
Early 19th century: from placenta and Latin praevia going before, feminine of praevius.
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