- (used chiefly of viviparous mammals) the young of an animal in the womb or egg, especially in the later stages of development when the body structures are in the recognizable form of its kind, in humans after the end of the second month of gestation.
Origin of fetus
Examples from the Web for fetus
Case in point: when Loertscher was brought to court in Wisconsin, her 14-week-old fetus was granted a lawyer, but she was not.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
“It is well established that a fetus is not a ‘person’; rather it is a sui generis organism,” the ruling stated.Court Says Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Isn’t a Crime
December 9, 2014
They hold signs depicting a fetus with a hanging umbilical cord.Abortion in Missouri Is the Wait of a Lifetime
November 12, 2014
A few hours after the prolonged exposure to Duncan, Williams and her fetus died of overwhelming Ebola infection.The Only Thing More Terrifying Than Ebola Is Being Pregnant With Ebola
Kent Sepkowitz, Abby Haglage
October 2, 2014
But she expressed no regrets mainly because of her concerns about how much her fetus suffered before termination.A Christian Case for Abortion Rights?
September 9, 2014
Whatever interrupts the pregnancy causes the death of the fetus.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
It is only through changes in the mother's blood that the fetus can be influenced.Woman
William J. Robinson
They may arise from the fetus, the mother, the father, or from violence.
It is never better that the fetus should be killed than that the mother should die.
If she refuses she is accountable for the death of the fetus.
- the embryo of a mammal in the later stages of development, when it shows all the main recognizable features of the mature animal, esp a human embryo from the end of the second month of pregnancy until birthCompare embryo (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for fetus
late 14c., "the young while in the womb or egg," from Latin fetus (often, incorrectly, foetus) "the bearing, bringing forth, or hatching of young," from Latin base *fe- "to generate, bear," also "to suck, suckle" (see fecund).
In Latin, fetus sometimes was transferred figuratively to the newborn creature itself, or used in a sense of "offspring, brood" (cf. Horace's "Germania quos horrida parturit Fetus"), but this was not the basic meaning. Also used of plants, in the sense of "fruit, produce, shoot." The spelling foetus is sometimes attempted as a learned Latinism, but it is not historic.
- The unborn young of a viviparous vertebrate having a basic structural resemblance to the adult animal.
- In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to the moment of birth.
- The unborn offspring of a mammal at the later stages of its development, especially a human from eight weeks after fertilization to its birth. In a fetus, all major body organs are present.