Definitions for: Fetus


[n] an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal



Webster (1913) Definition: Fe"tus, n.; pl. Fetuses. [L. fetus, foetus, a bringing
forth, brood, offspring, young ones, cf. fetus fruitful,
fructified, that is or was filled with young; akin to E. fawn
a deer, fecundity, felicity, feminine, female, and prob. to
do, or according to others, to be.]
The young or embryo of an animal in the womb, or in the egg;
often restricted to the later stages in the development of
viviparous and oviparous animals, embryo being applied to the
earlier stages. [Written also f[oe]tus.]

Synonyms: foetus

See Also: abortus, craniate, ductus arteriosus, monster, teras, umbilical cord, vertebrate

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