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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



placental blood transplantation  listen  (pluh-SEN-tul blud tranz-plan-TAY-shun)

  The transfer of blood from a placenta to an individual whose own blood production system is suppressed. Placental blood contains high levels of stem cells needed to produce new blood cells. It is being studied in the treatment of cancer and severe blood disorders such as aplastic anemia.