noun, plural fe·tus·es. Embryology.
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|Emily Shire|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It is well established that a fetus is not a ‘person’; rather it is a sui generis organism,” the ruling stated.
They hold signs depicting a fetus with a hanging umbilical cord.
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|DAILY BEAST
But she expressed no regrets mainly because of her concerns about how much her fetus suffered before termination.
The nutritious quality of the liquid, which surrounds the fetus, appears from the following considerations.Zoonomia, Vol. I|Erasmus Darwin
She moaned a little and curled up like a fetus on the floor.The Victor|Bryce Walton
If there is malpresentation of the fetus it will hinder progress until rectified, as in difficult parturition.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
If born at this period, the fetus is able to breathe, cry and nurse, and may live if properly cared for.Private Sex Advice to Women|R. B. Armitage
The third case supposed that the fetus is not viable but the symptoms of maternal hemorrhage are slight.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation|Austin O'Malley
British Dictionary definitions for fetus
noun plural -tuses
Word Origin for fetus
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.
Medicine definitions for fetus
n. pl. fe•tus•es
Science definitions for fetus
Culture definitions for fetus
The embryo of an animal that bears its young alive (rather than laying eggs). In humans, the embryo is called a fetus after all major body structures have formed; this stage is reached about sixty days after fertilization.