Definition of placentation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌplas(ə)nˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1 Anatomy & Zoology The formation or arrangement of a placenta or placentae in a woman’s or female animal’s uterus.
Example sentences
  • The presence of an apparently unique type of lymphocyte in the uterus at implantation and during early placentation is intriguing.
  • Although the exact etiology for placenta accreta and increta is not known, it is thought that damage to the decidua basalis may lead to abnormal placentation and its sequelae.
  • Most embryo clones fail to develop, and pregnancies terminate spontaneously due to fetal abnormalities or difficulties with placentation.
1.1 Botany The arrangement of the placenta or placentae in the ovary of a flower.
Example sentences
  • Both genera were transferred to Flacourtiaceae by Warburg and later by Gilg on the basis of a number of morphological characters, such as a trimerous ovary with parietal placentation and anthers with longitudinal dehiscence.
  • These are distinguished by characters of the bracts, placentation, inflorescence type, cytology and distribution.
  • The berries in the most derived clade (Olmstead et al.'s subfamily ‘Solanoideae’) are all morphologically similar, with two carpels, axile placentation and mostly lenticular seeds.

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