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 Shuffield survived, but her twins did not, and the man was charged with two counts of feticide. Holly Thomas, CNN, 1 June 2022 In other instances, law enforcement has used evidence such as text messages and email receipts to indict women for crimes like alleged feticide. Louise Matsakis, NBC News, 11 May 2022 How found, prosecutors have taken advantage of other laws, in some cases charging people with feticide. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 He has been charged with murder, feticide and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 11 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, 10 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors charged Trejo with murder and feticide on Dec. 9, 2018. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, 30 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of feticide

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 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for feticide


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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