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Pronunciation: dis'ma-chur


  1. Denoting faulty development or ripening; often connoting structural and/or functional abnormalities.
  2. In obstetrics, denoting an infant whose birth weight is inappropriately low for its gestational age.
  3. Immature development of the placenta so that normal function does not occur.

Synonym(s): placental dysfunction

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