Definition of fetus
: an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically : a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth — compare embryo 1b
Recent Examples of fetus from the Web
Now surrogates are almost always contracted to carry a fetus conceived with someone else’s egg and sperm.
Privy to their scheme but seemingly helpless to intervene, the fetus contemplates questions of bloodlines and love.
Jeb Bush tried to petition a court to appoint a guardian to the fetus after it was discovered that J.D.S. was pregnant.
Early medical literature further suggested that the cord could be clamped or tied before cutting, to safeguard the fetus against excessive blood loss until the umbilical blood vessels close up, Schweizer said.
Parents would be able to name the lost fetus on the new certificate.
Parents would be able to name the lost fetus on the certificate.
Many cadavers have been dissected to reveal muscles, bones, nerves and organs — even an unborn fetus.
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FETUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fetus for English Language Learners
: a human being or animal in the later stages of development before it is born
FETUS Defined for Kids
Definition of fetus for Students
: an animal not yet born or hatched but more developed than an embryo
Medical Definition of fetus
fetusesor chiefly British
: an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically : a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth—compare embryo
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