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hydatidiform mole

 

Definition: a vesicular or polycystic mass resulting from the proliferation of the trophoblast, with hydropic degeneration and avascularity of the chorionic villi; the abnormal tissue typically results from expression of paternally derived chromosomes and a loss of maternal chromosomes.

Synonym(s): cystic mole, gestational trophoblastic disease

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