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Definition an unborn or unhatched vertebrate beyond the early stages of development when the main features of the mature animal are recognizable; in humans beginning at completion of the 8th week of pregnancy and ending at birth
  • She thinks that when short of nutrients, the fetus protects the brain at the expense of the heart.
  • She suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Later, my doctor and my mom would tell me it was much too early to feel a fetus move.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • She landed facedown in a fetal position, her legs bent under her.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Rachel collapsed and curled into the fetal position.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • The program downloaded into human fetuses—that's the bait.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It's a strange, unworldly rocking motion, a fetal self-enclosure that seems to shut me out, to shut everything out.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I curl up in a fetal position.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • The air fills with the screeching of thrashing scorpion fetuses.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • But the thought of freeing Thanatos made Frank want to curl into the fetal position.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The pain made him dizzy and faint, and he lay on his side, crouched in the fetal position, his eyes closed.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Beside him, Booth is curled up in the fetal position, head resting on one hand.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • She was not very far along, so we never found a fetus, but the butcher was convinced that he'd rid the world of another girl.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The car gets smaller by the hour—I am forced to curl up like a fetus or my legs fall asleep.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I was alarmed but not nervous, as I was a doctor of long experience, having turned many a breech fetus and safely delivered a near-equal number.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I realized I was looking at a human form—an enormous man lying in the fetal position.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Maia had stopped twitching and was curled into a fetal position on the floor, weeping quietly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Dr. McNally testified that Mrs. Colbey's pregnancy was at high risk for "unexplained fetal death" because of her age and lack of prenatal care.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He remained knotted there in fetal position, paralyzed, his fists covering his eyes, for a long time.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Rafi was completely still, curled into a fetal position, his back pressed against the rock, his knapsack placed over his side as a makeshift blanket.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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