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[fee-tuh s] /ˈfi təs/
noun, plural foetuses.
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British Dictionary definitions for foetus


noun (pl) -tuses
the embryo of a mammal in the later stages of development, when it shows all the main recognizable features of the mature animal, esp a human embryo from the end of the second month of pregnancy until birth Compare embryo (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: offspring, brood


noun (pl) -tuses
a variant spelling of fetus
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Word Origin and History for foetus

see fetus; for spelling, see oe.

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