Presentation, vertex
In a vertex presentation, the top of the baby’s head comes first at delivery. The vertex here refers specifically to the top of the head The word "vertex" in Latin means a "whirlpool, whirlwind, top of the mountain, or the top of the head." Why "top of the head"? Because the hairs on the top of the head often form a whorl, a whirl-like pattern.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Presentation (obstetrics) — Presentation of twins in Der Rosengarten ( The Rose Garden ), a standard medical text for midwives published in 1513. In obstetrics, the presentation of a fetus about to be born refers to which anatomical part of the fetus is leading, that is, is …   Wikipedia

  • vertex presentation — n normal obstetric presentation in which the fetal occiput lies at the opening of the uterus * * * the presentation of the vertex of the fetal head in labor …   Medical dictionary

  • Presentation (Obstetrics) — Presentation in Obstetrics refers to the relationship between the leading fetal part and the pelvic inlet: cephalic, breech, or shoulder presentation. A malpresentation is an abnormal (non vertex) presentation.Thus the various presentations are:… …   Wikipedia

  • presentation — That part of the fetus presenting at the superior strait of the maternal pelvis; occiput, chin, and sacrum are, respectively, the determining points in vertex, face, and breech p.. SEE ALSO …   Medical dictionary

  • Presentation complex — In geometric group theory, a presentation complex is a 2 dimensional cell complex associated to any presentation of a group G . The complex has a single vertex, and one loop at the vertex for each generator of G . There is one 2 cell for each… …   Wikipedia

  • presentation — /prez euhn tay sheuhn, pree zen /, n. 1. an act of presenting. 2. the state of being presented. 3. a social introduction, as of a person at court. 4. an exhibition or performance, as of a play or film. 5. offering, delivering, or bestowal, as of… …   Universalium

  • Vertex (anatomy) — In arthropod and vertebrate anatomy, the vertex (or cranial vertex ) refers to the upper surface of the head.In humans, the vertex is formed by four bones of the skull: the frontal bone, the two parietal bones, and the occipital bone. These bones …   Wikipedia

  • Vertex — The top of the head. In a vertex presentation, the top of the baby’s head comes first at delivery. The word "vertex" in Latin means a "whirlpool, whirlwind, top of the mountain, or the top of the head." Why "top of… …   Medical dictionary

  • presentation — n. the part of the fetus that is closest to the birth canal and can be felt on inserting a finger into the vagina. Normally the back of the head (vertex) presents, the most favourable position for delivery being occipital anterior (see occiput).… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • breech presentation complete — presentation of the buttocks of the fetus in labor, with the feet alongside the buttocks, the thighs flexed upon the fetal abdomen, and the distal lower limbs flexed upon the thighs; the fetus in essence is in the same attitude as in vertex… …   Medical dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”