[ trof-uh-blast, troh-fuh- ]
/ ˈtrɒf əˌblæst, ˈtroʊ fə- /
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the layer of extraembryonic ectoderm that chiefly nourishes the embryo or develops into fetal membranes with nutritive functions.
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OTHER WORDS FROM trophoblasttroph·o·blas·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trophoblast
/ (ˈtrɒfəˌblæst) /
the outer layer of cells of the embryo of placental mammals, which is attached to the uterus wall and absorbs nourishment from the uterine fluids
Derived forms of trophoblasttrophoblastic, adjective
Word Origin for trophoblast
C19: from tropho- + -blast
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Medical definitions for trophoblast
[ trō′fə-blăst′ ]
The outermost layer of cells of the blastocyst that attaches the fertilized ovum to the uterine wall and serves as a nutritive pathway for the embryo.trophoderm
Other words from trophoblasttro′pho•blas′tic adj.
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Scientific definitions for trophoblast
[ trō′fə-blăst′ ]
The outermost layer of cells of the blastocyst, which attaches the fertilized ovum to the uterine wall and serves as a nutritive pathway for the embryo. The trophoblast eventually differentiates into such tissues as the amnion, the placenta, and the umbilical cord.
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