fe·​tal | \ ˈfē-tᵊl How to pronounce fetal (audio) \

Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

Examples of fetal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Terminations after about 24 weeks of pregnancy are generally only legally allowed to happen in cases of severe fetal abnormalities, such as when the fetus is no longer viable, or to save the life of the patient. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Abortion on the ballot in Colorado and Louisiana," 3 Nov. 2020 Once the ostensibly pro-life president receives experimental treatment — tested on cells derived from fetal tissue — for the disease, reality and absurdity merge, severely squeezing the space for satire. Michael Bennett, Washington Post, "How do you write satire in the age of bleach injections? It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.," 17 Oct. 2020 In June 2019, the Trump administration suspended federal funding for most new scientific research involving fetal tissue derived from abortions. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 16 Oct. 2020 The law also prohibited the donation of fetal tissue from abortions to medical researchers. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Appeal expected after federal court strikes Texas’ ban on common abortion procedure," 14 Oct. 2020 The statute effectively outlawed the dilation and evacuation procedure, known as D&E, in which doctors open the cervix and remove fetal tissue from the uterus. Kaylee Poche, NOLA.com, "Fifth Circuit Court knocks down Texas abortion ban," 13 Oct. 2020 That artery typically goes away during fetal development, or even during infancy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "An Oddity in Your Forearm Proves Humans Aren't Done Evolving Yet," 12 Oct. 2020 That’s a problem because these issues have been found to negatively affect fetal development. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: I’m In My 20s & My Partner & I Both Struggle With Fertility," 31 Aug. 2020 Kathleen Marie Schmainda is a biophysicist at the Medical College of Wisconsin and an opponent of human fetal tissue research. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Antiabortion ethicists and scientists dominate Trump’s fetal tissue review board," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of fetal

1811, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2020

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“Fetal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetal. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fetal

: of or relating to a developing animal or human being that is not yet born : of or relating to a fetus


variants: or chiefly British foetal \ ˈfēt-​ᵊl How to pronounce foetal (audio) \

Medical Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

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