One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unborn or unhatched offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human more than eight weeks after conception.
embryo, fertilized egg, unborn baby, unborn childView synonyms
- ‘Poorly controlled asthma can lead to serious medical problems for pregnant women and their fetuses.’
- ‘It just happens that she helps a lot of women to abort their unborn fetuses.’
- ‘The woman is likely to be concerned about the risk of medication to the fetus.’
- ‘A small subset of fetuses with large lung lesions will become hydropic, deteriorate rapidly, and die in utero.’
- ‘Alcohol enters the fetus readily through the placenta and is eliminated by maternal metabolism.’
- ‘However, fewer than one percent of fetuses become infected when their mother has a recurrent infection.’
- ‘Not every mother agrees that it is desirable to identify and terminate a fetus with Down's syndrome.’
- ‘Doctors in China will harvest cells taken from aborted human foetuses which will then be injected into Mr Bell's head and spinal cord.’
- ‘Feedback is currently being used in a trial of early versus delayed delivery for preterm, growth retarded fetuses.’
- ‘It was perceived that they were the African women who could carry a fetus to full term.’
- ‘How well a woman and the fetus do during pregnancy depends upon the type of heart problem.’
- ‘Already cloning embryos, using aborted foetuses, gene swapping and gene therapy will mean the long term impacts will be immense on our everyday living.’
- ‘The past 20 years have seen rapid advances in the detection of genetic disorders in human fetuses.’
- ‘Further pregnancies should then pose no risk to the fetus or mother.’
- ‘Developing fetuses, pregnant women, and young children are especially vulnerable.’
- ‘Some men have even tried to prevent women having abortions on grounds that the unborn foetus belongs to them.’
- ‘Use a barrier contraceptive the first month: female fetuses may be adversely affected.’
- ‘After the eighth week of pregnancy, the developing baby is called a foetus.’
- ‘The youngest fetus with Down's syndrome in our sample was 22 weeks old at the time of measuring.’
- ‘Those who favour abortion cannot accept that a foetus is a human being, exactly the same as a new born baby is a human being.’
The spelling foetus has no etymological basis but is recorded from the 16th century and until recently was the standard British spelling in both technical and non-technical use. In technical usage fetus is now the standard spelling throughout the English-speaking world, but foetus is still found in British English outside technical contexts
Late Middle English: from Latin fetus ‘pregnancy, childbirth, offspring’.
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