fetal position

a bodily posture resembling that of the fetus in the uterus, in which the body is curled with head and limbs drawn in, sometimes assumed in states of fear or emotional withdrawal.


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fetal position
a bodily position similar to that of a fetus in the womb, with the knees up towards the chest and the head bent forward

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Example sentences
He isn't quite in the fetal position, but things are clearly heading in that
Once a neighbor became so drunk that he crawled up into a fetal position.
Some of us played cards in the main tent, but others curled up inside sleeping
  bags in a fetal position, trying to stay warm.
While sleeping, try lying in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between
  your legs.
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