conceptus

[kuhn-sep-tuhs]
noun, plural conceptuses.
the embryo and associated membranes of humans and other highly developed animals.

Origin:
1935–40; < Neo-Latin; Latin: the action of conceiving, hence, something that is conceived, fetus, embryo, equivalent to concep- (variant stem of concipere to conceive; see concept) + -tus suffix of v. action

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conceptus con·cep·tus (kən-sěp'təs)
n. pl. con·cep·tus·es
The products of conception; that is, the embryo, chorionic sac, placenta, and fetal membranes.

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Time of implantation of the conceptus and loss of pregnancy.
The research examines how the maternal system responds to the early developing conceptus.
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