Definition of fetal in English:

fetal

Line breaks: fetal
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːt(ə)l
 
/

adjective

  • 1Relating to a fetus: nutrients essential for normal fetal growth
    More example sentences
    • Can fetal growth be improved in pregnancies at risk for fetal growth retardation?
    • This may also enhance understanding of how gestational age, fetal growth, and birth weight interact with each other.
    • The single largest condition associated with stillbirth is failure of fetal growth.
  • 1.1Denoting a posture characteristic of a fetus, with the back curved forwards and the limbs folded in front of the body.
    More example sentences
    • Her body jerked into a fetal position as she sobbed and clutched her side.
    • The boy in front of me has an odd posture: almost in a fetal position, slouched far, far down.
    • He curled into a fetal position, his knees drawn close to his body, and shivered slightly.

More definitions of fetal

Definition of fetal in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw