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nounplural noun placentae/-tē/ , plural noun placentas

  • 1A flattened circular organ in the uterus of pregnant eutherian mammals, nourishing and maintaining the fetus through the umbilical cord.

    The placenta consists of vascular tissue in which oxygen and nutrients can pass from the mother's blood into that of the fetus, and waste products can pass in the reverse direction. The placenta is expelled from the uterus at the birth of the fetus, when it is often called the afterbirth. Marsupials and monotremes do not develop placentas

    ‘Causes of spontaneous abortion may relate to the fetus, the placenta, or the uterus.’
    • ‘This transformation is essential to ensure a normal blood supply to the fetus and placenta throughout pregnancy.’
    • ‘In each later pregnancy, maternal Rh antibodies can cross the placenta and reach the fetus.’
    • ‘The sonographer scans the patient, taking an initial assessment of the fetuses, the placenta, and the amniotic cavity.’
    • ‘The placenta connects the baby's blood supply to the mother's blood.’
    • ‘The baby is connected to the umbilical cord, the umbilical cord to the placenta, and the placenta to the mother, at least at this stage of the proceedings.’
    • ‘We analyzed tissues from 368 specimens of pregnancy loss and 219 placentas of live-born infants using CGH.’
    • ‘Placenta accreta is a placenta that implants too deeply and too firmly into the uterine wall.’
    • ‘She could also transmit the infection to the fetus across the placenta.’
    • ‘The mother had an aggressive metastatic disease, and the cancer could have spread across the placenta to the fetus.’
    • ‘In most pregnant women, the placenta forms and grows just as it should.’
    • ‘Chorioangiopagus vessels are vessels that join the fetuses in the placenta.’
    • ‘He explores how cocaine destroys the placenta, the fetus, and the infant's life.’
    • ‘It most likely functions as an adhesion protein, connecting the placenta to the uterus.’
    • ‘Folic acid also is crucial to support the rapid growth of the placenta and fetus.’
    • ‘Alcohol enters the fetus readily through the placenta and is eliminated by maternal metabolism.’
    • ‘These help to anchor it to the lining of the uterus and will eventually grow into the placenta, the organ that feeds and protects the baby until birth.’
    • ‘New alternatives, which are currently experimental, include harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord blood or placentas of new born babies.’
    • ‘Transplanting cord blood stem cells from placenta and umbilical cords have the same effect as a bone-marrow transplant.’
    • ‘We felt that compared with placentas with focal lesions, placentas with well-established HEV would more reliably reflect associated events.’
  • 2Botany
    (in flowers) part of the ovary wall to which the ovules are attached.

    ‘The entire placenta with attached ovules was removed via a longitudinal incision in the ovary wall.’
    • ‘As the ovary elongates only above the placenta, the ovules appear basal at anthesis.’
    • ‘The ovary has axile intruded placentae with around 250-350 ovules.’
    • ‘In both species the gametophytic cells of the placenta generally have less prominent wall labyrinths than sporophytic cells.’
    • ‘Partial view of flower and dissected gynoecium with two placentas.’



/pləˈsen(t)ə/ /pləˈsɛn(t)ə/


Mid 17th century from Latin, from Greek plakous, plakount- ‘flat cake’, based on plax, plak- ‘flat plate’.