of, relating to, or having the character of a fetus.
Also especially British, foe·tal.
Origin of fetal
Related formspost·fe·tal, adjectivepost·foe·tal, adjective
First recorded in 1805–15; fet(us)
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Historical Examples of foetal
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.
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.
It has been stated, however, that the foetal Sheep has traces of those rudiments.
British Dictionary definitions for foetal
a variant spelling of fetal
of, relating to, or resembling a fetus
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Word Origin and History for foetal
see fetal; for spelling, see oe.
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Of, relating to, or being a fetus.
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