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fetal position

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noun
  1. a bodily posture resembling that of the fetus in the uterus, in which the body is curled with head and limbs drawn in, sometimes assumed in states of fear or emotional withdrawal.

Origin of fetal position

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for fetal position

fetal position

noun
  1. a bodily position similar to that of a fetus in the womb, with the knees up towards the chest and the head bent forward
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