What Is the Placenta? - Definition, Development & Function


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The placenta is located in the _____ of pregnant mammals.

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1. The placenta does which of the following?

2. A _____ results from the union of the nuclei of the sperm and egg.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the development and function of the placenta. Some of the information you'll be quizzed on includes identifying the location of placental attachment as well as the structure that connects a fetus to the placenta.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Exchanges between the fetus and the mother through the placenta
  • Attachment of the placenta
  • Animals that have placentas
  • Structure that connects a fetus to the placenta

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the placenta
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the location of placental attachment and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding animals that have placentas
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the structure linking a fetus to the placenta

Additional Learning

To learn more about childbirth, review the accompanying lesson on What is the Placenta? - Definition, Development & Function. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define placenta
  • Describe the first six days following egg fertilization
  • Differentiate between the inner and outer progenitor cytotrophoblast cells of the developing placenta
  • Explain the structure and function of the placenta four weeks after fertilization