conceptus

noun
con·​cep·​tus | \ kən-ˈsep-təs How to pronounce conceptus (audio) \
plural conceptuses also concepti\ kən-​ˈsep-​ˌtī How to pronounce conceptus (audio) \

Definition of conceptus

: a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus

Examples of conceptus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine that the conceptus could be exfiltrated from the womb in a matter of minutes, and placed in an artificial womb to develop. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of conceptus

1745, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conceptus

Latin, one conceived, from past participle of concipere to conceive

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“Conceptus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conceptus. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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conceptus

noun
con·​cep·​tus | \ kən-ˈsep-təs How to pronounce conceptus (audio) \
plural conceptuses also concepti\ -​ˌtī \

Medical Definition of conceptus

: a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus

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