fetus

noun
fe·​tus | \ ˈfē-təs How to pronounce fetus (audio) \

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 sense 1a

Examples of fetus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cows who contract Trich generally abort the fetus after breeding, and then clear the infection. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 The Life at Conception Act, which would recognize a fetus as a person with equal protections under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, has been introduced in both chambers. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 May 2022 The video screened Tuesday appears to show a fetus with a face and limbs. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2022 McCorvey’s story is a familiar one, but what many don’t know is that the fetus in question survived. ABC News, 10 Feb. 2022 Outside the court, a middle-aged man held a loudspeaker in one hand and a six-foot photo of an aborted fetus in the other. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 In El Salvador, women accused of aborting a fetus can be prosecuted on assault or homicide charges, and face decades in prison. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 In El Salvador, women accused of aborting a fetus can be prosecuted on assault or homicide charges, and face decades in prison. Mary Beth Sheridan And Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 For the fetus in the womb, iron deficiency increases the chances of a premature birth, low birth weight and birth asphyxia. Sharman Apt Russell, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fetus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fetus

Middle English, from Latin, act of bearing young, offspring; akin to Latin fetus newly delivered, fruitful — more at feminine

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15 May 2022

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“Fetus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetus. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fetus

fetus

noun
fe·​tus | \ ˈfē-təs How to pronounce fetus (audio) \

Kids Definition of fetus

: an animal not yet born or hatched but more developed than an embryo

fetus

noun
fe·​tus
variants: or chiefly British foetus \ ˈfēt-​əs How to pronounce fetus (audio) \
plural fetuses or chiefly British foetuses or foeti\ ˈfēt-​ˌī How to pronounce fetus (audio) \

Medical 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

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