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By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Distinguish the stages of embryonic development that occur before implantation
  • Describe the process of implantation
  • List and describe four embryonic membranes
  • Explain gastrulation
  • Describe how the placenta is formed and identify its functions
  • Explain how an embryo transforms from a flat disc of cells into a three-dimensional shape resembling a human
  • Summarize the process of organogenesis

Throughout this chapter, we will express embryonic and fetal ages in terms of weeks from fertilization, commonly called conception. The period of time required for full development of a fetus in utero is referred to as gestation    (gestare = “to carry” or “to bear”). It can be subdivided into distinct gestational periods. The first 2 weeks of prenatal development are referred to as the pre-embryonic stage. A developing human is referred to as an embryo    during weeks 3–8, and a fetus    from the ninth week of gestation until birth. In this section, we’ll cover the pre-embryonic and embryonic stages of development, which are characterized by cell division, migration, and differentiation. By the end of the embryonic period, all of the organ systems are structured in rudimentary form, although the organs themselves are either nonfunctional or only semi-functional.

Pre-implantation embryonic development

Following fertilization, the zygote and its associated membranes, together referred to as the conceptus    , continue to be projected toward the uterus by peristalsis and beating cilia. During its journey to the uterus, the zygote undergoes five or six rapid mitotic cell divisions. Although each cleavage    results in more cells, it does not increase the total volume of the conceptus ( [link] ). Each daughter cell produced by cleavage is called a blastomere    (blastos = “germ,” in the sense of a seed or sprout).

Approximately 3 days after fertilization, a 16-cell conceptus reaches the uterus. The cells that had been loosely grouped are now compacted and look more like a solid mass. The name given to this structure is the morula    (morula = “little mulberry”). Once inside the uterus, the conceptus floats freely for several more days. It continues to divide, creating a ball of approximately 100 cells, and consuming nutritive endometrial secretions called uterine milk while the uterine lining thickens. The ball of now tightly bound cells starts to secrete fluid and organize themselves around a fluid-filled cavity, the blastocoel    . At this developmental stage, the conceptus is referred to as a blastocyst    . Within this structure, a group of cells forms into an inner cell mass    , which is fated to become the embryo. The cells that form the outer shell are called trophoblasts (trophe = “to feed” or “to nourish”). These cells will develop into the chorionic sac and the fetal portion of the placenta    (the organ of nutrient, waste, and gas exchange between mother and the developing offspring).

The inner mass of embryonic cells is totipotent during this stage, meaning that each cell has the potential to differentiate into any cell type in the human body. Totipotency lasts for only a few days before the cells’ fates are set as being the precursors to a specific lineage of cells.

Questions & Answers

what is brain
raja Reply
A brain is an organ that serves as the center of the nervous system in all vertebrate and most invertebrate animals. It is located in the head, usually close to the sensory organs for senses such as vision. It is the most complex organ in a vertebrate's body
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what are the functions of the liver
Emorut Reply
detoxification formation of blood in the fetus blood reservoir regulations of the body temperature
ibrahim
regulation of the body temperature in the sense that the liver reduce some of the activities so has to maintain the amount of heat generations in the body
ibrahim
detoxification of blood
marzia
1. Regulate blood clotting. 2. Detoxify harmful substances. 3. Stores and release glucose when necessary. 4. Produce certain proteins for blood plasma. 5. Produce bile which helps in fat metabolism. 6. It stores iron needed for erythropoiesis and also helps in haemolysis
Adoma
It regulate blood clotting by producing clotting factors like vitamin k
Adoma
metaboilism produce bile
Tahir
production of heat
Aradhana
prevents shortages by storing vitamins minerals and sugar
Dr
haemolysis
Bind
what Is food chain & food web
sani
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the inflammation of spinal cord is called
Francis Reply
TM partial transver myelitis
Ayan
Transverse myelitis
Amit
transverse mylitis
Gopi
T M means transeverse myelitis
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TM
babita
Example of irregular bones in the upper limb
Daniel
What is myelitis
Fatima
what is anatomy
Bruce Reply
is the study of human structure or various parts of the body
Adoma
What is the chordae tendineae and where is located? Where is the Aorta located?
Sovilace Reply
What is the meaning of aponuerosis
Veronica Reply
a sheet of pearly white fibrous tissue that takes the place of a tendon in flat muscles having a wide area of attachment.
Hassan
example of epitheliam tissue
Nirob Reply
what is systemic anatomy
Friday Reply
it's a study of organ structure
Amarachi
definition of anatomy and physiology
Kapil Reply
in anatomy we study about structure of human body........ in physiology we study about function
Zahid
Explain the anatomy
Junaid
structure of heart
Anusha
explain biology
saviour
biology is the science of life. biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms.
Kadence
how is albino affected
Ujam Reply
what are the important stuff in the papillary layer
Ujam
Melanie's is responsible for the change in the color of the skin
Ujam
what happened when they are badly severed
Ujam
what happened when they are badly severed
Ujam
Examples of glial cells?
Nesh Reply
glial cell s help in the attractive foces of motion in the cellular network
Ujam
What is glial cell?
Esther
what is gland
Nirob
a gland is a group of cells or group of similar cells that secretes substances
Veronica
what is homeostasis
Laura Reply
homeostasis- The ability to maintain relatively stable internal conditions even though the outside world changes continuously. i,e, maintaining normal values in your body such as Adequate blood levels,blood pressure, heart activity and blood pressure.
Williams
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Give atleast three reasons to study anatomy and physiology
George Reply
It helps to know about the body structure properly and administer proper care for the patient
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