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View in Spanish: Enfermedad trofoblástica gestacional

Gestational trophoblastic disease (jeh-STAY-shuh-nul troh-fuh-BLAS-tik dih-ZEEZ)
Any of a group of tumors that develops from trophoblastic cells (cells that help an embryo attach to the uterus and help form the placenta) after fertilization of an egg by a sperm. The two main types of gestational trophoblastic diseases are hydatidiform mole and choriocarcinoma. Also called gestational trophoblastic tumor.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.