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

Examples of fetal position in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The incident occurred two weeks after Epstein had been discovered lying in a fetal position with marks on his neck in his cell, NBC 4 reported. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Famed Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden Says Jeffrey Epstein's Death 'Points to Homicide'," 30 Oct. 2019 Heather's body was placed in the trunk of her car curled up in a semi-fetal position, wearing an oversized Mickey Mouse T-shirt. CBS News, "Heather Bogle murder: 3 innocent suspects, a lead detective behind bars and a killer hiding in plain sight," 19 Oct. 2019 Clark was found Friday immobile in the fetal position with signs of hypothermia hours after telling his two grandsons to go on without him. Washington Post, "Hiker rescued from Mt. Washington may have to foot the bill," 18 June 2019 Something that barely affects one person could leave another curled up in the fetal position with stomach cramps, which is why Sasson cautions against throwing back a bunch of cheese without giving it a try first. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of fetal position

1963, in the meaning defined above

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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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