Definition of fetal in English:

fetal

Syllabification: fe·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈfētl
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or relating to a fetus: nutrients essential for normal fetal growth
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    • 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 forward and the limbs folded in front of the body: he retired to his bed, curled in the fetal position
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    • 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.

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