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abdominal pregnancy

 

Definition: the implantation and development of the ovum in the peritoneal cavity, usually secondary to an early rupture of a tubal pregnancy; very rarely, primary implantation may occur in the peritoneal cavity. The blastocyst commonly implants in the rectouterine pouch of peritoneum.

Synonym(s): abdominocyesis1, intraperitoneal pregnancy

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