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fetal

[feet-l] /ˈfit l/
adjective, Embryology.
1.
of, relating to, or having the character of a fetus.
Also, especially British, foetal.
Origin of fetal
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; fet(us) + -al1
Related forms
postfetal, adjective
postfoetal, adjective
Can be confused
fatal, fateful, fetal (see synonym study at fatal)
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British Dictionary definitions for foetal

foetal

/ˈfiːtəl/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of fetal

fetal

/ˈfiːtəl/
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.

fetal

adj.

1811, from fetus + -al (1).

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foetal in Medicine

fetal fe·tal (fēt'l)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a fetus.

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