One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The thick layer of modified mucous membrane which lines the uterus during pregnancy and is shed with the afterbirth.
- ‘There were large amounts of polarizable foreign body material contained within the membranes and maternal decidua, without associated inflammation or tissue reaction.’
- ‘Ectopic decidua was found in 3% of the specimens and could be seen in both subserosal and plical areas, and was found only in postpartum patients.’
- ‘One mechanism by which microorganisms might cause preterm labor is through ascension from the cervical/vaginal area and replication in the placenta, decidua and membranes.’
- ‘The tissue is sent to the laboratory where the fetal villi are dissected from the maternal decidua and either processed directly or cultured for chromosomal, DNA or biochemical analysis.’
- ‘Extreme care is used in inspecting the placenta and membranes in an effort to insure complete expression of the entire decidua.’
Late 18th century: from modern Latin decidua (membrana), literally ‘falling off (membrane)’.
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