con·​cep·​tus | \ kən-ˈsep-təs \
plural conceptuses also concepti\ kən-​ˈsep-​ˌtī \

Definition of conceptus

: a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus

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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, "The Claims of the Unborn," 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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con·​cep·​tus | \ kən-ˈsep-təs \
plural conceptuses also concepti\ -​ˌtī \

Medical Definition of conceptus

: a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus

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