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Medical Term:

umbilical cord


the definitive connecting stalk between the embryo or fetus and the placenta; at birth it is primarily composed of mucoid connective tissue (Wharton jelly) in which the umbilical vessels are embedded.

Synonym(s): chorda umbilicalis, funiculus umbilicalis, funis1

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