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

Definition of feticide

: the act of causing the death of a fetus

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Killing a fetus Prosecutors can start filing murder, manslaughter or feticide charges against someone who kills a fetus at any stage of development. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Gas tax hike, sex ed and eyeball tattooing: here are the new laws taking effect July 1," 29 June 2018 Female feticide in India can be a coldly economic calculation. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "To improve the world, enlist girls, too," 15 Apr. 2018 The measure is designed to allow prosecutors to bring feticide charges against a person who kills a pregnant woman. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Politics: How Indiana could take driver-less cars for a ride," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of feticide

1842, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2020

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“Feticide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feticide. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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