fetus

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fe·tus

noun \ˈfē-təs\

: a human being or animal in the later stages of development before it is born

Full Definition of FETUS

:  an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically :  a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth
compare embryo 1b

Origin of FETUS

Middle English, from Latin, act of bearing young, offspring; akin to Latin fetus newly delivered, fruitful — more at feminine
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

Rhymes with FETUS

fe·tus

noun    (Medical Dictionary)
plural fe·tus·es or chiefly British foe·tus·es or foe·ti \ˈfēt-ˌī\

Medical Definition of FETUS

: an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically : a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth—compare embryo

Variants of FETUS

fe·tus or chiefly British foe·tus \ˈfēt-əs\

fetus

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Unborn young of any vertebrate, particularly mammals, after it has acquired its basic form. In humans, this stage begins about eight weeks after conception (see embryo). The fetal stage, marked by increased growth and full development of the organ systems, climaxes in birth (see pregnancy, parturition). By the end of the third month, the arms and legs of the human fetus begin to move and reflexive movements (such as sucking) begin. Four months after conception, the fetus is about 5.3 in. (135 mm) long and weighs about 6 oz (170 g). During the fifth month, downy hairs (lanugo) cover the body and the skin becomes less transparent. At seven months, a protective greasy substance (vernix caseosa) covers the reddish, wrinkled skin. Fat is deposited under the skin during the eighth month, when the fetus typically weighs about 5 lbs (2.2 kg). A full-term fetus is about 266 days old.

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