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Definition of Terms

This page contains an alphabetical listing of terms used by the Iowa Department of Public Health. These terms will include everything from government pseudonyms and acronyms to medical and health-related terms that may be unfamiliar to readers.

Term - Kessner index

Kessner Index

An index of adequacy of prenatal care based upon 1) trimester of entry, 2) number of prenatal visits, and 3) gestational age of infant at birth. (IOM, 1973).