station The depth that the presenting part has descended into the pelvis in relation to
the ischial spine of the mother's pelvis.
striae gravida Marks noted on the abdomen and/or buttocks, commonly known as
term pregnancy A gestation of 38 to 42 weeks.
testes Two almond-shaped glands whose functions are for the production of sperm
testosterone The male sex hormone; responsible for the development of secondary
toxoplasmosis A congenital disease characterized by lesions of the central nervous
system which may lead to blindness, brain defects, and death.
trimester A time period of three months.
uterus A hollow, muscular organ that serves as a protector and nourisher of the
developing fetus and aids in its explosion from the body.
vagina Canal opening between the urethra and anus in the female that extends back to
the cervix of the uterus.
varicose veins Permanently distended veins.
vas deferens Excretory duct of the testis.
vertex Top or crown of the head.
vestibule A space or cavity at the entrance to a canal.
viability The capability of a fetus to survive outside the uterus at the earliest gestation
age, approximately 22 to 23 weeks gestation.
vulva The external structure of the female genitals, lying below the mons veneris.
X chromosome The female sex chromosome.
Y chromosome The male sex chromosome.
zygote The combined ovum and sperm; a fertilized egg.
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