Coloured SEM of the villous tree of a placenta

Coloured SEM of the villous tree of a placenta

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Caption: Placental villi. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the villi (blue) of a placenta at full term. The villi, projections of foetal tissue into the maternal part of the placenta, together form a villous tree. Deoxygenated blood from the foetus flows through the villi and picks up oxygen and nutrients from the nearby maternal blood. Magnification: x230 at 5x7cm size. x800 at 9.5x6.5".

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Keywords: anatomy, female, human body, placenta, reproduction, reproductive system, villous tree, villus

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