fe·​tal | \ ˈfē-tᵊl \

Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

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One of those laws sought to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat could be detected, but it was later ruled unconstitutional. James Macpherson, The Seattle Times, "North Dakota’s GOP-led Legislature mulls abortion bills," 21 Jan. 2019 The placenta is a unique organ made up of fetal and maternal tissue that helps deliver nutrients and oxygen to the fetus during pregnancy and remove waste products. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Pregnancy complications might 'turn on' schizophrenia genes, study says," 30 May 2018 Once the team confirmed what was going on, Adrianna began seeing cardiologists at the Cincinnati Fetal Center, who closely watched Remington’s heart with regular fetal echocardiograms and antenatal monitoring. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Fetal Center gives baby Remington a shot at life," 19 Mar. 2018 There are clearly a few intriguing potential links between morning sickness and maternal and fetal health, but science hasn’t determined anything definitive so far. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It True That Morning Sickness Means Something Good During Pregnancy?," 10 Jan. 2019 Many of them are also important during the fetal and infant stages of brain development. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 This substance has caused adverse reproductive and fetal effects in animals.... Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out," 14 Dec. 2018 Some major pregnancy complications—pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, even still births—are thought to be due to problems in the development of the placenta during the first trimester. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Researchers grow a placenta in a petri dish," 4 Dec. 2018 In the first trimester, a miscarriage typically takes several days to complete and for all fetal tissue to be expelled from the body. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "How Long After a Miscarriage Can I Start Trying Again?," 1 Oct. 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

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a servile follower or underling

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