fetal position

noun

Definition of fetal position

  1. :  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

1963

First Known Use of fetal position

1963


FETAL POSITION Defined for English Language Learners

fetal position

noun

Definition of fetal position for English Language Learners

  • : 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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fetal position

noun

Medical Definition of fetal position

  1. :  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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