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[L. fetus, bearing young, fetus, offspring]

1. An unborn animal in its later stages of development.
2. The unborn human from the beginning of the ninth week, i.e., the third month, of gestation until birth. (Before 9 weeks, the developing zygote is called an embryo.) During the fetal period, the organ systems mature and grow. At 9 weeks, a human fetus weighs about 14 g (1/2 oz); in the subsequent approx. 29 weeks, the fetus becomes 250 times heavier, so a typical newborn weighs about 3500 g (7 3/4 lb). A human fetus gets all its nutrition through the placenta, which increases in size with the fetus.

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Venes, Donald, editor. "Fetus." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 23rd ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Taber's Online, www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/746367/all/fetus.
Fetus. In: Venes D, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/746367/all/fetus. Accessed May 22, 2019.
Fetus. (2017). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary. Available from https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/746367/all/fetus
Fetus [Internet]. In: Venes D, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 May 22]. Available from: https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/746367/all/fetus.
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