fetus

noun
fe·​tus | \ ˈfē-təs \

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 1b

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MiMedx takes amniotic membrane—thin, moist tissue that protects the fetus—and processes it into wound patches or a powder that can be applied topically or by injection. Charley Grant, WSJ, "MiMedx Called on Two Lawmakers for Help Before Its Accounting Scandal," 11 Dec. 2018 In Alabama, 59 percent of voters backed Amendment 2, which gives fetuses in the state the same legal rights as a person, according to Lauren Holter at Rewire News. Anna North, Vox, "With Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, West Virginia and Alabama are ready to ban abortion," 7 Nov. 2018 The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "What are the signs of opioid abuse? Education seminar seeks to answer that question," 20 Mar. 2018 The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older. Fox News, "Judge temporarily blocks Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban," 20 Mar. 2018 The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older. Emily Wagster Pettus, chicagotribune.com, "Judge temporarily blocks Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban," 20 Mar. 2018 The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older. Jeff Amy And Sarah Mearhoff, Time, "Mississippi Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks of Gestation," 19 Mar. 2018 The researchers noted that the marijuana birth weight findings were consistent with the effects of cigarette smoking on fetuses. Julia Belluz, Vox, "More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.," 20 Nov. 2018 The southern residents are enduring a high rate of reproductive failure, and K27 has been documented to have aborted a fetus in recent years. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Another southern resident orca is ailing — and at least three whales are pregnant," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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fetus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fetus

: a human being or animal in the later stages of development before it is born

fetus

noun
fe·​tus | \ ˈfē-təs \

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 \
plural fetuses or chiefly British foetuses or foeti\ ˈfēt-​ˌī \

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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