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placenta British & World English

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

placenta praevia British & World English

A condition in which the placenta partially or wholly blocks the neck of the uterus, so interfering with normal delivery of a baby

placenta previa in placenta praevia British & World English

A condition in which the placenta partially or wholly blocks the neck of the uterus, so interfering with normal delivery of a baby