fe·​ti·​cide | \ ˈfē-tə-ˌsīd How to pronounce feticide (audio) \

Definition of feticide

: the act of causing the death of a fetus

Examples of feticide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peter Reimonenq, 18, and Shannon Amos, 19, both of Lacombe were charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of first degree feticide. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Six indicted in murder of man, pregnant woman in Lacombe," 12 Nov. 2020 In recent years, charges of feticide, manslaughter or murder have been brought against women in states including Indiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "California’s Attorney General Condemns Murder Charges Over a Stillbirth," 11 Aug. 2020 He is being charged with two counts of murder, one count of feticide and two counts of aggravated assault, according to an official press release. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Expectant Mom and Her Boyfriend Are Found Slain in Car on Thanksgiving, and Suspect Is Arrested," 10 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors charged Trejo with murder and feticide on Dec. 9, 2018. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Mishawaka teen pleads guilty in murder of classmate who was pregnant," 30 Oct. 2019 Trejo received 55 years for murder and 10 years, to be served consecutively, for feticide. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A high school football player who killed his pregnant schoolmate has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. He says she waited too long for an abortion," 9 Jan. 2020 Trejo, who was charged as an adult, faces 45-65 years in prison for murder and 3-16 years for feticide. Monica Haider, CNN, "Indiana teen pleads guilty to murdering cheerleader pregnant with his baby," 31 Oct. 2019 In a deal entered Wednesday, Aaron Trejo pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of feticide, both felonies. Monica Haider, CNN, "Indiana teen pleads guilty to murdering cheerleader pregnant with his baby," 31 Oct. 2019 Court records confirm Aaron Trejo, 17, accepted a plea deal from prosecutors Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to murder and feticide stemming from the December 2018 murder of 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Indiana Teen Pleads Guilty to Killing Pregnant Cheerleader Girlfriend, 17: 'I Took Her Life'," 31 Oct. 2019

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Feticide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feticide. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British foeticide \ ˈfēt-​ə-​ˌsīd How to pronounce feticide (audio) \

Medical Definition of feticide

: the action or process of causing the death of a fetus

Other Words from feticide

feticidal or chiefly British foeticidal \ ˌfēt-​ə-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce feticide (audio) \ adjective


fe·​ti·​cide | \ ˈfē-tə-ˌsīd How to pronounce feticide (audio) \

Legal Definition of feticide

: the act of causing the death of a fetus

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