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Chorionic villi of the placenta

Fetus in uterus, with detail of placenta showing the chorionic villi and umbilical cord

Chorionic villi are tiny, branching growths found in the placenta. The cells of the chorionic villi have the same genetic material as the cells of the fetus.

Current as of: June 16, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics