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
If someone who’s pregnant gets Zika, however, the consequences for the fetus can be devastating.
The traditional preference among Chinese parents for boys rather than girls, which caused many parents to abort female fetuses, pushed the male-to-female ratio up to 120-100 in some provinces during the one-child years.
The groups said the tissue disposal law would require notification of a third party, such as the woman’s sexual partner or her parents, before the abortion to determine how the fetus would be disposed of.
Columbus Police Detective Wayne Fairbairn said the feticide charge in Georgia refers to the killing of a fetus.
Reid and his team showed each fetus both dot patterns five times, moving the light across each woman’s abdomen for five seconds.
But the uterus is now thought to transmit light in amounts that a fetus can see.
The law, passed in 1998, allows adult pregnant women suspected of drug or alcohol use that could affect their fetus to be held in custody and subjected to involuntary medical treatment.
Perhaps, Reid suggests, those patterns of light could influence the development of the fetus’s eye and brain, making the upper half of visual field more sensitive.
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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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