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amnion

[ am-nee-uh n ]
/ ˈæm ni ən /

noun, plural am·ni·ons, am·ni·a [am-nee-uh] /ˈæm ni ə/.

Anatomy, Zoology. the innermost of the embryonic or fetal membranes of reptiles, birds, and mammals; the sac in which the embryo is suspended.
Zoology. a similar membrane of insects and other invertebrates.

RELATED WORDS

afterbirth, placenta

Nearby words

amniocentesis, amniochorial, amniogenesis, amniography, amnioma, amnion, amnion nodosum, amnionic, amnionitis, amniorrhea, amniorrhexis

Origin of amnion

1660–70; < Greek, equivalent to amn(ós) lamb (see yean) + -ion diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for amnia

amnion

/ (ˈæmnɪən) /

noun plural -nions or -nia (-nɪə)

the innermost of two membranes enclosing an embryonic reptile, bird, or mammalSee also chorion

Word Origin for amnion

C17: via New Latin from Greek: a little lamb, from amnos a lamb
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Word Origin and History for amnia

amnion


n.

1660s, Modern Latin, from Greek amnion "membrane around a fetus," said to be originally "bowl in which the blood of victims was caught" [Liddell & Scott], which is variously said to be of unknown origin, from ame "bucket," or a diminutive of amnos "lamb."

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Medicine definitions for amnia

amnion

[ ămnē-ən, -ŏn′ ]

n. pl. am•ni•ons

The thin, membranous sac filled with a serous fluid in which the embryo or fetus is enclosed and suspended in the uterus.amniotic sac
Related formsam′ni•otic (-ŏtĭk) null adj.
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Science definitions for amnia

amnion

[ ămnē-ən ]

A thin, membranous sac filled with a watery fluid (called the amniotic fluid) in which the embryo or fetus of a reptile, bird, or mammal is suspended during prenatal development. Also called amniotic sac
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