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Glossary

Selected words and phrases

dyspnoea – medical term for symptoms related to difficulty breathing, shortness or breath.

fibrotest – a test which uses results from blood tests to predict liver damage and which may become an alternative option to liver biopsy in some patients.

cirrhosis – severe scarring of the liver (see fibrosis) that makes it difficult for the liver to carry out its functions

haemoglobin – substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen.

duration of ruptured membranes – time between when the mother’s waters break and the actual delivery.