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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.
Origin of fetal position
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fetal position
  • He isn't quite in the fetal position, but things are clearly heading in that direction.
  • 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.
  • Lying curled up in a fetal position with a pillow between the knees or lying on the back with a pillow under the knees may help.
  • Smeared with the indescribable filth, he curled up in the fetal position for two days and then ran off into the hills.
  • There their heads were uncovered, and they were put into the trunk of the car in a fetal position.
  • Plaintiff, however, contends that he was in a fetal position in an attempt to protect himself.
  • She was unable to speak, curled up in a fetal position next to her desk and obviously in severe shock.
British Dictionary definitions for fetal position

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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