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(Also known as
) is acomplication of pregnancy, wherein theplacentallining has separated from theuterusof the
mother . It is the most common cause of late pregnancy bleeding. In humans, itrefers to the abnormal separation after 20 weeks of gestation and prior to birth. Itoccurs in 1% of pregnanciesworld wide with a fetal mortality rate of 20-40%