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Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds a developing baby
(fetus) in the uterus throughout pregnancy. The amniotic fluid protects
the fetus from temperature extremes and from being bumped or hurt as the mother
Amniotic fluid allows the fetus to move before
birth and is important for lung development. It is produced by the fetus and
the placenta and contains cells and other substances that have been shed by the
Amniocentesis is a test done to
collect a sample of amniotic fluid.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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