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Plaque showing the development of a human embryo, Europe, 1801-1830

The plaque shows the development of the human embryo in five stages from shortly after conception to a well developed near-birth foetus. At least one of the images shows a possible birth complication as the umbilical cord has become wrapped around the throat of the foetus.

Object number:

A600051 Pt8

 

Glossary:

Glossary: pregnancy

The condition of having a developing unborn embryo or foetus in the body. A human pregnancy is usually of 40 weeks gestation.

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: plaque

An ornamental tablet of metal, porcelain etc that depicts a person, scene or inscription. Often fixed to a building in commemoration of a person or notable historical occurence.

Glossary: embryo

An animal or human at an early stage of development, before birth. In humans the term refers to an unborn child up to the eighth week of development.

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