from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of fetus.
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- n. Alternative spelling of fetus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as fetus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
The position held above in the comments that a foetus is just a set of cells and not a person is refuted with a consideration of simple geography: compare a 7-month premature baby kept alive in an incubator, with a 7-month "foetus" in the womb.
Milk and egg allergy 'worse for winter conceptions', and springtime pollen in foetus '11th week is key, says study
If the foetus is not a human person, then the rights of the one in the situation who is a human person (viz. the pregnant woman) are clearly paramount.
Most abortions take place well before the foetus is "human", ie. before it could grow and survive without its mother's uterus.
Scientists have suggested that the higher the level of testosterone, the more masculine the resulting foetus is likely to be, with its associated traits of strength, fertility and mathematical ability.
The human body constantly generates new blood vessels: as a foetus is formed, for example, or as a healthy body grows, or as the body heals itself after an injury.
I would be hard pressed supporting the termination of a near-term foetus without a pretty good explanation, to add another data point, this time on the "pro life" side of the equation.
Although the foetus is developing within the mother’s body, it is a body in itself - a different life in a relationship of symbiosis with the body of the mother in order to be developed.
What common ground could there possibly be between those who believe life begins at conception and therefore should be protected, and those who believe a foetus is a cluster of disposable cells.
The question about whether a foetus is a human being with all the same rights as a breathing, independent individual is one I cannot answer.
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