Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Rhesus Incompatibility

Condition in which an Rh woman (genotype dd) is pregnant, carrying an Rh fetus (Dd) because the father is Rh (either DD or Dd). The result is a potential for the mother to manufacture anti-D antibodies if fetal blood is introduced to her immune system; hemolytic disease of the newborn is then a potential problem in her second and subsequent children. Aka Rh incompatibility.

See Rhesus blood group locus, rhesus isoimmunization.

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