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EnglishEdit

 
A foetus at 8 weeks from conception.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

foetus (plural foetuses or foeti)

  1. (chiefly Britain, hypercorrect) Alternative spelling of fetus
    • 1815, Nathaniel Highmore, Case of a Foetus Found in the Abdomen of a Young Man:
      Amongst professional men, who have examined this singular foetus, a variety of opinions and conjectures have been formed, some of which it maybe well to notice.
    • 1990, James M. Tanner, Foetus Into Man: Physical Growth from Conception to Maturity, ISBN 0674306929, page 40:
      During the last 10 weeks in utero the foetus stores very considerable amounts of energy in the form of fat.
    • 2006, Denise Walker, Reproduction, Breathing and Health, ISBN 0237530112, page 23:
      The foetus gains all its food and oxygen from the mother during pregnancy.

Usage notesEdit

The form fetus is preferred in North America and in the scientific community, whereas foetus is still commonly used in Commonwealth nations.

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TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • foetus” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

DutchEdit

 
Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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EtymologyEdit

From Latin fētus

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈføːtʏs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: foe‧tus

NounEdit

foetus n, m (plural foetussen, diminutive foetusje n)

  1. fetus

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LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

foetus (feminine foeta, neuter foetum); first/second declension

  1. Alternative form of fētus

InflectionEdit

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative foetus foeta foetum foetī foetae foeta
genitive foetī foetae foetī foetōrum foetārum foetōrum
dative foetō foetō foetīs
accusative foetum foetam foetum foetōs foetās foeta
ablative foetō foetā foetō foetīs
vocative foete foeta foetum foetī foetae foeta

NounEdit

foetus m (genitive foetūs); fourth declension

  1. Alternative form of fētus

InflectionEdit

Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative foetus foetūs
genitive foetūs foetuum
dative foetuī foetibus
accusative foetum foetūs
ablative foetū foetibus
vocative foetus foetūs

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