fetus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fetus an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A fetus starts to develop fingerprints at the age of eight weeks
    • n Fetus fē"tŭs The young or embryo of a vertebrate animal in the womb, or in the egg; often restricted to the later stages in the development of viviparous and oviparous animals. showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal, embryo being applied to the earlier stages.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The early occurrence of a fetus yawning is at eleven weeks after conception
    • n fetus The young of viviparous animals in the womb, and of oviparous animals in the egg; the embryo in the later stage of development. see embryo. Also spelled fœus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks
    • Fetus . See Fœtus.
    • n Fetus the young of animals in the egg or in the womb, after its parts are distinctly formed, until its birth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fetus, foetus, a bringing forth, brood, offspring, young ones, cf. fetus, fruitful, fructified, that is or was filled with young; akin to E. fawn, a deer, fecundity, felicity, feminine, female, and prob. to do, or according to others, to be,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., from obs. feuēre, to bring forth, whence femina, fecundus, &c.

Usage

In literature:

In another the mother and intrauterine fetus died, and the extrauterine fetus lived.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
But canst thou only die, withered embryo, fetus steeped in gall and scalding tears?
"Thais" by Anatole France
Passing through another aisle of stocked fetuses, he wondered about his conception.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
The nutritious quality of the liquid, which surrounds the fetus, appears from the following considerations.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
At the end of the fourth month, the embryon is called a fetus.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
After that, until it is born, it is called fetus.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Teeth, hair, and other indications of a second fetus have likewise been found in the testicle or scrotum.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The fetus may still be felt through the rectum if the abdomen is raised by a sheet passed from side to side beneath it.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
She moaned a little and curled up like a fetus on the floor.
"The Victor" by Bryce Walton
The fetus is from nineteen to twenty-three inches in length, and weighs on an average from six to eight pounds.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
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In news:

Watch what it takes for her to become a fetus .
Kentucky House candidate to air ad featuring fetus .
An anti-abortion activist who is running for Congress says he will air an ad this week in Kentucky and Indiana showing a dismembered fetus .
Woman convicted of killing pregnant woman, trying to steal full-term fetus .
The trial is expected to begin today for Annette Morales-Rodriguez, who is accused of killing Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her unborn child by cutting the full-term fetus from the young mother's womb.
This Fetus is Voting for Todd Akin.
A Japanese 3-D printing company offers expecting moms a replica of their fetus suspended in Lucite.
Barrels of fetuses found in Russia.
Four barrels containing 248 fetuses were discovered on Sunday in Russia's Ural Mountains, Reuters reported.
A Chinese immigrant who Indiana prosecutors say killed her fetus by eating rat poison in a suicide attempt has rejected a plea agreement.
When it comes to modern death metal, Dying Fetus is easily one of the most influential bands in the scene.
All while sporting an Electric Fetus shirt.
I have been talking about this album for months and Dying Fetus 's new album, Reign Supreme, is finally in stores, today.
No charges filed in Punta Gorda case of fetus found in freezer .
But what happens to the fetus during physical activity.
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