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superfetation

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin superfetare (conceive while pregnant), from super- +‎ fetus.

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  • IPA(key): /suːpəfəˈteɪʃən/

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superfetation (plural superfetations)

  1. The formation of a fetus while another fetus is already present in the uterus.
  2. An excessive accumulation; a superfluous addition.
    • 1992, Geoffrey Wall, translator of Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
      These gentlemen were greatly astonished at Bovary's romantic ideas, and the pharmacist hurried in to say to him: "This velvet looks to me rather a superfetation. Besides, the expense..."

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