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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And the killing of female fetuses remains an issue. The Christian Science Monitor, "India’s swing in favor of girls," 17 Apr. 2018 And some of those will land before the bench, where a new conservative justice may be more open to arguments that the state’s obligation to protect the health of mother and fetus outweighs a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. Joe Fox, Washington Post, "What could happen if Roe v Wade gets struck down?," 29 June 2018 Depending on the extent of the separation, this may result in serious health complications for both mother and fetus, such as placenta abruption, which is what happened to me. Tara Shafer, Redbook, "I Lost a Baby at 33 Weeks — Now I'm Fighting to Spare Others the Same Pain," 19 June 2018 The 108 genes that make up the risk score are expressed at particularly high levels in the placenta, the study also found, and at higher levels in the placentas of male fetuses than female ones. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Schizophrenia ‘risk genes’ are not so risky if the mother’s pregnancy was healthy," 28 May 2018 All of Ireland's 40 voting regions tallied so far voted in favor of doing away with the amendment, which required authorities to defend the lives of a mother and a fetus equally. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Ireland’s Abortion Referendum," 26 May 2018 The eighth amendment requires authorities to treat a fetus and its mother as equals under the law, effectively banning abortions. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Ireland’s Abortion Referendum," 26 May 2018 The graphic images of dead fetuses and half-truth slogans on these signs filled me with dread. Emma Flynn, Vox, "I’m an Irish expat who flew home to vote to legalize abortion. It’s a thrilling moment.," 25 May 2018 Doctors caution that the health effects of cannabis on a fetus remain unclear but could include low birth weight and developmental problems, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Cannabis dispensaries recommend products to pregnant women," 10 May 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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