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Pronunciation: kă-rŭng′kyū-lă, -lē

Definition: In ungulates, one of about 200 specific disclike areas of the uterine endometrium that, in conjunction with the fetal cotyledon, forms a placentome of the placenta; as a site of fetal-maternal contact, the caruncula remains constant in position but enlarges greatly during pregnancy.

Synonym(s): caruncle

[L. a small fleshy mass, fr. caro, flesh]

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