foetus

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See also: fœtus

English[edit]

A foetus at 8 weeks from conception.

Etymology[edit]

Hypercorrect spelling of fetus attested since the 16th century; from Latin fetus (bringing forth offspring).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

foetus (plural foetuses or foeti)

  1. (chiefly UK, hypercorrect) Alternative spelling of fetus.

Usage notes[edit]

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

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  • foetus” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

foetus n, m (plural foetussen, diminutive foetusje n)

  1. fetus

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

foetus m (feminine foeta, neuter foetum); first/second declension

  1. Alternative form of fētus.

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative foetus foeta foetum foetī foetae foeta
genitive foetī foetae foetī foetōrum foetārum foetōrum
dative foetō foetae foetō foetīs foetīs foetīs
accusative foetum foetam foetum foetōs foetās foeta
ablative foetō foetā foetō foetīs foetīs foetīs
vocative foete foeta foetum foetī foetae foeta

Noun[edit]

foetus m (genitive foetūs); fourth declension

  1. Alternative form of fētus.

Inflection[edit]

Fourth declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative foetus foetūs
genitive foetūs foetuum
dative foetuī foetibus
accusative foetum foetūs
ablative foetū foetibus
vocative foetus foetūs