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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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 Each is charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and one count of first-degree feticide. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Lawyer for man in case of slain pregnant woman says co-defendant acted alone," 4 Aug. 2017 A former Alabama pastor who was once fired for living in the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Irondale without permission has been arrested in Georgia for kidnapping, assault and feticide. Bob Gathany, AL.com, "Downtown Open Miniature Golf back for another round of play," 16 June 2017 Columbus Police Detective Wayne Fairbairn said the feticide charge in Georgia refers to the killing of a fetus. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Ex-Alabama pastor jailed in Georgia for kidnapping, assault, feticide," 16 June 2017 The root cause of the murder of girls (gendercide), whether through feticide or infanticide, is the hideously distorted view of a girl’s value. Atlanta Life, ajc, "She is safe — rescuing young girls around the world," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of feticide

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of feticide was in 1842

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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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