: retained in the uterus for the normal period of gestation before birth
a full-term newborn

Examples of full-term in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police accused Anderson of discarding Baby Skylar — a full-term baby with its umbilical cord still attached — in a Sky Harbor women's restroom trash can. The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2024 Some of the hormonal cues that would’ve prompted Sekani to care for her infant if she’d been born naturally and full-term may have been missing, according to Holmes. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024 Those who had their first full-term pregnancy before 20 are found to have about half the risk of developing breast cancer than those who did after 30, according to the National Cancer Institute. Kristina Behr, Parents, 15 Mar. 2024 For the full-term race, Schiff has 33.2% of the votes and Garvey has 32.4% of the votes. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 6 Mar. 2024 One or two embryos are typically transferred into the uterus to maximize the chances of successful implantation and a full-term pregnancy; the others are frozen for possible future use. Anna Betts, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Even if a child is born at full-term, exposure to pollution can lead to respiratory and heart problems; exposure has also been associated with a higher risk of depression, anxiety and even suicide, studies show, for both children and adults. Jen Christensen, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Bodies found On April 13, 2003, the mutilated body of a full-term fetus was found on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay by a couple walking their dog. USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 The baby, who was the couple’s first child, had been delivered full-term. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-term was in 1844

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“Full-term.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-term. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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