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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Recent Examples on the Web Moments later, House was lying on the ground in fetal position, crying for help as the officer repeatedly Tasered him. Washington Post, "National Park Service investigates video showing a ranger Tasering a Native American man walking his dog off-trail," 30 Dec. 2020 No need to take a bow for a moral victory or curl up in the fetal position from the loss. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston: After one of the toughest weeks in Ravens history, it’s time for team to look ahead | COMMENTARY," 2 Dec. 2020 If Pitts doesn’t play, Dan Mullen and Kyle Trask aren’t going to curl into the fetal position and weep. Christopher Smith, al, "Arkansas vs. Florida betting line, picks, odds and predictions," 13 Nov. 2020 For those of us who like to cradle up into a fetal position at night, Lindsey found that Beckham Hotel Collection's gel pillows were among the best of the best—especially considering the affordable price point. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 6 Nov. 2020 Hrithrik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai reunited to play the leads in Guzaarish just two years after starring together in Jodhaa Akbar, but unlike the 2008 romantic epic, this film will leave you bawling in the fetal position. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Saddest Romance Films on Netflix for When You're in a Crying Mood," 12 Oct. 2020 Ozzie Guillen curled up in the fetal position on his TV couch Wednesday after the Chicago White Sox lost on a walk-off home run for the second straight night in Cleveland. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: White Sox Nation unloads on manager Rick Renteria after the team gets swept in Cleveland," 25 Sep. 2020 Bodies are placed in the pod in a fetal position, and buried with a young tree attached at the top. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "At a memorial forest in Scandia, a final resting place beneath the trees instead of in a plot," 23 Sep. 2020 Accounts of the Hunley’s sinking had assumed horrific scenes of the men trying to claw their way through the thick iron hatches, or huddled in the fetal position beneath the crew bench in their agony. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Explosive Theory About What Doomed the Crew of the ‘Hunley’," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of fetal position

1963, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2021

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“Fetal position.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetal%20position. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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fetal position


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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