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fetal

[feet-l]
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adjective Embryology.
  1. of, relating to, or having the character of a fetus.
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Also especially British, foe·tal.

Origin of fetal

First recorded in 1805–15; fet(us) + -al1
Related formspost·fe·tal, adjectivepost·foe·tal, adjective
Can be confusedfatal fateful fetal (see synonym study at fatal)
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Examples from the Web for foetal

Historical Examples

  • It must be borne in mind, too, that the kidneys of foetal Man are lobulated.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • On the former hypothesis, for example, the teeth of the foetal Balaena have a meaning; on the latter, none.

  • The non-septic or chronic is developed usually in the first third of foetal life, and is generally syphilitic in origin.

  • If the cause were a poison in solution, the foetal blood would have been as toxic as the maternal.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman

  • It has been stated, however, that the foetal Sheep has traces of those rudiments.


British Dictionary definitions for foetal

foetal

adjective
  1. a variant spelling of fetal
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fetal

foetal

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a fetus
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Word Origin and History for foetal

adj.

see fetal; for spelling, see oe.

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fetal

adj.

1811, from fetus + -al (1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

foetal in Medicine

fetal

(fētl)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or being a fetus.
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