fetus

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English[edit]

A fetus at eight weeks from conception.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin fētus (offspring).

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Noun[edit]

fetus (plural fetuses)

  1. (Canada, US) An unborn or unhatched vertebrate showing signs of the mature animal.
  2. (Canada, US) A human embryo after the 8th week of gestation.
    The sequence is; molecules in reproductive systems, then gametes, zygotes, morulas, blastocysts, and then fetuses.

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  • The form fetus is preferred in North America and in the scientific community, whereas foetus is still commonly used in Commonwealth nations.

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Adjective[edit]

fētus m (feminine fēta, neuter fētum); first/second declension

  1. pregnant, full of young
  2. fruitful, productive
  3. of one who has recently given birth; nursing

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative fētus fēta fētum fētī fētae fēta
genitive fētī fētae fētī fētōrum fētārum fētōrum
dative fētō fētae fētō fētīs fētīs fētīs
accusative fētum fētam fētum fētōs fētās fēta
ablative fētō fētā fētō fētīs fētīs fētīs
vocative fēte fēta fētum fētī fētae fēta

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Noun[edit]

fētus m (genitive fētūs); fourth declension

  1. A bearing, birth, bringing forth.
  2. Offspring, young, progeny.
  3. Fruit, produce.
  4. (figuratively) Growth, production.

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Fourth declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative fētus fētūs
genitive fētūs fētuum
dative fētuī fētibus
accusative fētum fētūs
ablative fētū fētibus
vocative fētus fētūs

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References[edit]

  • fetus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fěːtus/
  • Hyphenation: fe‧tus

Noun[edit]

fétus m (Cyrillic spelling фе́тус)

  1. fetus

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