fetal position


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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Carlton can then be seen curling up into a fetal position on the ground. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘A lot of confusion’: Memphis in unrest after fatal police-involved shooting fueled by unconfirmed accounts," 13 June 2019 Jeonghwa more or less curls up into the fetal position in her chair. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Hani of K-Pop Group EXID Reveals Her Simple Routine for Getting Glass Skin," 2 July 2018 Officials said James Clark, 80, of Dublin, Ohio, was in a fetal position when he was found on the Lion Head Trail. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "One dead, one saved in two rescues on Mount Washington," 14 June 2019 The coercive interrogation ended with Deskovic in a fetal position under the polygraph table. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad," 5 June 2019 Sleeping in fetal position can help prevent leakage, too! Danielle Sinay, Teen Vogue, "The Best Sleeping Positions for Period Cramp Relief," 13 Mar. 2019 Then the nurse crouched down in the fetal position and wept. Anne Barnard And Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Despite U.N. Cease-Fire, Syrian Forces Begin New Attacks in Rebel-Held Enclave," 25 Feb. 2018 Is anyone else curling up into fetal position on Kate's behalf right now? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Was Reportedly Very Hurt by Queen Elizabeth's Early Criticisms of Her Lifestyle," 9 Feb. 2019 That's enough of a reality check to send any good Rangers fan into a fetal position. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Four things we know after four games against the Astros | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fetal position

1963, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2019

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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

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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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