fetal

adjective
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 But obtaining these cells from fetal tissue is ethically fraught, which is why researchers are turning to another potential source: the patient. Emily Mullin, Science, 5 Jan. 2022 All of the cells are derived from adult stem cells and do not require any fetal tissue. cleveland, 19 Oct. 2021 Pollutants can cause damage also to DNA or produce inflammation that impacts fetal development. Evan Bush, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2021 And the pharmaceutical company did not include pregnant women in its clinical trials after animal testing also suggested the drug could cause abnormalities in fetal development. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in Texas this year passed a law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which normally occurs at about six weeks into pregnancy. Adam Beam, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in Texas this year passed a law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which normally occurs at about six weeks into pregnancy. Adam Beam, chicagotribune.com, 12 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in Texas this year passed a law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which normally occurs at about six weeks into pregnancy. Adam Beam, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec. 2021 On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated previous rulings that had blocked a Tennessee law that included banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected — about six weeks — and ordered a rehearing by the full court. Ashraf Khalil, ajc, 5 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of fetal

1811, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Fetal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetal. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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fetal

adjective

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

fetal

adjective
fe·​tal
variants: or chiefly British foetal \ ˈfēt-​ᵊl How to pronounce fetal (audio) \

Medical Definition of fetal

: of, relating to, or being a fetus

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