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  • adj. Having the resemblance of a grape, as in hydatidiform mole in medicine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling or having the character of a hydatid. Also hydatiform.


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  • When a doctor I had never met before came in, he told me I had "a hydatidiform molar pregnancy" -- a potentially pre-cancerous condition where an embryo had started out, but as the pregnancy continued, the chorionic villi in the uterus grew out of control, resulting in a uterus filled with cancer, and maybe even, a dead fetus or "miscellaneous fetal tissue".

    Nancy Cronk: In Praise of Midwives: Having a Baby Is Not an Illness

  • You realize that if you DO have an ectopic, that's a contraindication for RU-486, Also, if they're not seeing an embryo it might be a blighted ovum or hydatidiform mole, both of which typically resolve on their own and neither of which should be treated with RU-486.

    Clinic Day- Part 2

  • Molar pregnancies (also called gestational trophoblastic disease and hydatidiform mole) happen when the cells that are supposed to develop into the placenta instead develop into a tumor made of trophoblastic (placental) cells.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

  • A combination oral contraceptive should not be prescribed after a recent evacuation of a hydatidiform mole until urine and plasma gonadotropin concentrations have returned to normal.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Adams, commenting on this, has in mind hydatids, but it is evident that both Hippocrates and his translator and critic have mistaken hydatidiform disease of the ovum for hydatid disease of the womb.

    Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine

  • These are nephritis, uncompensated valvular lesions of the heart, advanced tuberculosis, insanity, irremediable malignant tumors, hydatidiform mole, uncontrollable uterine hemorrhage, and acute hydramnios.

    Why Not Birth-Control Clinics in America

  • There is a possibility that it was simply a case of hydatidiform or multiple molar pregnancy, elaborated by an exhaustive imagination and superstitious awe.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • STR genotyping and p57 immunohistochemistry used to distinguish hydatidiform moles


  • This variant is an autocrine factor, acting on extravillous invasive cytotrophoblast cells to initiate and control invasion as occurs at implantation of pregnancy and the establishment of hemochorial placentation, and malignancy as occurs in invasive hydatidiform mole and choriocarcinoma.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • Rather than becoming a viable pregnancy, the placenta develops into a fast-growing mass of cysts (hydatidiform mole).



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