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

Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

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The scientific community has been adament that no adequate alternatives to human fetal tissue exist. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration imposes new restrictions on fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 Scientists at the National Institutes of Health will be barred from doing future research with fetal tissue from abortions. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Administration Puts New Limits on Fetal Tissue Research," 5 June 2019 Each project will be permitted to use up its current store of fetal tissue before shutting down. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have used fetal tissue and cells to study Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injury. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "After Trump administration’s restrictions on fetal tissue research, consider these important scientific advances," 5 June 2019 But the scientific consensus is there is no adequate substitute for fetal tissues in some research areas. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Lauran Neergaard, chicagotribune.com, "Trump ending fetal tissue research by federal scientists," 5 June 2019 The government has funded research using fetal tissue for decades, under administrations of both political parties. Lauran Neergaard, The Denver Post, "White House ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists," 5 June 2019 The policy change won't affect privately funded research that uses human fetal tissue. NBC News, "Trump ending fetal tissue research by federal scientists," 5 June 2019 Similar to Georgia, the Ohio law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected and the ACLU and other pro-choice groups in the state is mounting a court challenge. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the States That Have Recently Passed Extreme Abortion Legislation," 16 May 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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