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

Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

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The new funding requirements do not allow scientists in training to propose research that uses fetal tissue. Jen Christensen And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "Scientists worry about new NIH requirements for research using human fetal tissue," 30 July 2019 The Associated Press reported in early June that the Trump administration had decided to end medical research on human fetal tissues by government scientists. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "UCI team develops noninvasive bone cancer treatment using stem cells," 18 July 2019 Mulvaney and Grogan have repeatedly clashed with HHS Secretary Alex Azar, overruling him, for example, on ending the funding of medical research by government scientists using fetal tissue. Anchorage Daily News, "Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff," 15 July 2019 Melissa Wong, a maternal fetal medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles who studies VR during labor, suspects the technology's potential as a complementary and alternative method for relieving pain will also help VR catch on. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Breathe, focus, headset: The women turning to VR in labor," 8 Sep. 2019 The comparisons to real human fetal brains are viewed skeptically by some scientists. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Lab-Grown “Mini Brains” Can Now Mimic the Neural Activity of a Preterm Infant," 29 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, the South Carolina House passed a heartbeat bill, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected except in the cases of certain medical emergencies. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats take aim at Trump over Hong Kong," 14 Aug. 2019 In May, Georgia passed the law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the time when a doctor can allegedly detect a fetal heartbeat. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Tiffany Haddish on Canceling Georgia Show: No One 'Should Determine How You Control Your Body'," 20 June 2019 The legislation—signed this month and set to go into effect in 2019, if isn’t shot down by a legal challenge—would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or about six weeks into a pregnancy. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Employee activism is great—until it pits colleagues against each other," 1 June 2019

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First Known Use of fetal

1811, in the meaning defined above

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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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