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Definition of «Chorionic villus sampling»

Chorionic villus sampling: A procedure for first-trimester prenatal diagnosis. Chorionic villus sampling may be done between the eighth and tenth weeks of pregnancy. The aim is to diagnose severe abnormalities afflicting the fetus. In the procedure, tissue is withdrawn from the villi (vascular fingers) of the chorion, a part of the placenta, and examined. Chorionic villus sampling is referred to commonly as CVS.

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