Other Word Forms of Placenta
Origin of Placenta
New Latin from Latin flat cake alteration of Greek plakoenta from accusative of plakoeis flat from plax plak- flat land, surface plāk-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Medieval Latin placenta uterina (“uterine cake"), from Latin placenta (“flat cake"), because of the flat round shape of the afterbirth.
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