fetal position

noun

Definition of fetal position

: a position (as of a sleeping person) in which the body lies curled up on one side with the arms and legs drawn up and the head bowed forward and which is assumed in some forms of psychic regression

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Police say the girl, appearing frightened, closes and covers her eyes, and at one point tries to curl up into a fetal position. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Photo shows Ohio day-care worker dangling child by ankle, police say," 11 Sep. 2019 There must have been a point in the Robert Mueller hearings when the big thinkers of CNN and MSNBC curled up on the floor in fetal positions and began breathing into brown paper bags, trying to remain calm. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Dems should be blaming themselves," 28 July 2019 When the night was done — which Baldwin agreed to participate in for a million-dollar donation to the charity Exploring the Arts — taboos were left curled up in the fetal position, sobbing uncontrollably. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The 23 most brutal jokes from the Roast of Alec Baldwin," 16 Sep. 2019 What emerged by morning was an angel falling to her knees, a woman wrapped in a blanket and another woman curled up in a fetal position. Daily Pilot, "From her living room to the Louvre, Kira sculpts ‘with her heart, not her eyes’," 12 Sep. 2019 The migrant farmers from the Near East brought another way of treating death, setting the body in a crouched or fetal position. James Gorman, New York Times, "An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube," 20 Aug. 2019 Two weeks before Epstein died, he was found lying in the fetal position in his cell, with marks on his neck, NBC 4 reported at the time. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Jeffrey Epstein's Cause of Death Confirmed, Officially Declared a Suicide," 16 Aug. 2019 Some protesters poured water on the mainlander’s head as others shined lasers in his eyes, screaming and dragging him into a fetal position on the ground before medics managed to evacuate him. Los Angeles Times, "Chaos at Hong Kong airport as protests turn violent, disrupting flights for second day," 13 Aug. 2019 There must have been a point in the Robert Mueller hearings when the big thinkers of CNN and MSNBC curled up on the floor in fetal positions and began breathing into brown paper bags, trying to remain calm. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Dems should be blaming themselves," 28 July 2019

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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fetal position

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fetal position

: a position in which you lie on your side with both legs and both arms bent and pulled up to your chest and with your head bowed forward

fetal position

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Medical Definition of fetal position

: a position (as of a sleeping person) in which the body lies curled up on one side with the arms and legs drawn up toward the chest and the head is bowed forward and which is assumed in some forms of psychological regression

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