adjective Embryology.
of, pertaining to, or having the character of a fetus.
Also, foetal.

1805–15; fet(us) + -al1

postfetal, adjective
postfoetal, adjective

fatal, fateful, fetal (see synonym study at fatal).
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fetal or foetal (ˈfiːtəl)
of, relating to, or resembling a fetus
foetal or foetal

foetal (ˈfiːtəl)
a variant spelling of fetal

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formed in English 1811, from fetus + -al (1).

see fetal; for spelling, see oe.
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Medical Dictionary

fetal fe·tal (fēt'l)
Of, relating to, or being a fetus.

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fetus   (fē'təs)  Pronunciation Key 
The unborn offspring of a mammal at the later stages of its development, especially a human from eight weeks after fertilization to its birth. In a fetus, all major body organs are present.

fetal adjective
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Migration strategy of southern minke whales in relation to reproductive cycles estimated from foetal lengths.
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