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Fetus at 8.5 weeks

Fetus at 8.5 weeks

Overview

At 8.5 weeks, the embryo now resembles a human. Facial features continue to develop, the beginnings of external genitalia form, the anal passage opens although the rectal membrane is intact, circulation through the umbilical cord is well developed, and long bones begin to form.

Review Date 8/26/2017

Updated by: Peter J Chen, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of OBGYN at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.