- of, relating to, or having the character of a fetus.
Also especially British, foe·tal.
Origin of fetal
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It must be borne in mind, too, that the kidneys of foetal Man are lobulated.
On the former hypothesis, for example, the teeth of the foetal Balaena have a meaning; on the latter, none.Criticisms on "The Origin of Species"
Thomas H. Huxley
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</p>
William Thomas Councilman
It has been stated, however, that the foetal Sheep has traces of those rudiments.
- a variant spelling of fetal
- of, relating to, or resembling a fetus
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Word Origin and History for foetal
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- Of, relating to, or being a fetus.
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