1660s, Modern Latin, from Greek amnion "membrane around a fetus," said to be originally "bowl in which the blood of victims was caught" [Liddell & Scott], which is variously said to be of unknown origin, from ame "bucket," or a diminutive of amnos "lamb."
amnion am·ni·on (ām'nē-ən, -ŏn')
n. am·ni·ons or am·ni·a (-nē-ə)
The thin, membranous sac filled with a serous fluid in which the embryo or fetus is enclosed and suspended in the uterus. Also called amniotic sac.