maternal-fetal medicine

maternal-fetal medicine
a subspecialty of obstetrics concerned with the obstetrical, medical, genetic, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effects on the mother and fetus. Called also fetology.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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