erythroblastosis fetalis definition

  • noun:
    • A severe hemolytic condition of a fetus or newborn infant caused by the production of maternal antibodies from the fetal red blood cells, usually concerning Rh incompatibility amongst the mother and fetus.
    • A medical condition where an rh negative mom's antibodies attack the purple blood cells of an rh positive fetus.
    • serious anemia in newborn children; caused by Rh incompatibility between maternal and fetal blood; usually takes place when the kid of an Rh-negative mother inherits Rh-positive blood through the dad; could be diagnosed before delivery by amniocentesis

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