fetal vs foetal what difference

what is difference between fetal and foetal

English

Alternative forms

  • (UK) foetal
  • (UK, obsolete) fœtal
  • (obsolete) phoetal, phœtal
  • (obsolete) fætal

Etymology

fetus +‎ -al

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfitl̩/
  • Rhymes: -iːtəl

Adjective

fetal (not comparable)

  1. (embryology) Pertaining to, or connected with, a fetus.
    fetal circulation
    fetal membranes

Usage notes

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

Synonyms

  • zygotal

Derived terms

  • extrafetal
  • nonfetal

Coordinate terms

  • gametal, zygotal, blastocystic, blastular

Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “fetal”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • E flat, E-flat, aleft, alfet, e flat, e-flat

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /fəˈtal/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /feˈtal/
  • Homophone: fatal (Balearic, Central)

Adjective

fetal (masculine and feminine plural fetals)

  1. fetal

Related terms

  • fetus

Further reading

  • “fetal” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

Galician

Adjective

fetal m or f (plural fetais)

  1. fetal

Related terms

  • feto

Further reading

  • “fetal” in Dicionario da Real Academia Galega, Royal Galician Academy.

German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [feˈtaːl]
  • Hyphenation: fe‧tal
  • Rhymes: -aːl

Adjective

fetal (not comparable)

  1. fetal
    Synonym: fötal

Declension

Further reading

  • “fetal” in Duden online

Hausa

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fèː.tál/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [ɸèː.tál]

Ideophone

fḕtal

  1. (of a space) open

Portuguese

Adjective

fetal m or f (plural fetais, comparable)

  1. fetal (pertaining to fetuses)

Related terms

  • feto

Further reading

  • “fetal” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Romanian

Etymology

From French fœtal

Adjective

fetal m or n (feminine singular fetală, masculine plural fetali, feminine and neuter plural fetale)

  1. fetal

Declension


Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /feˈtal/, [feˈt̪al]

Adjective

fetal (plural fetales)

  1. fetal

Related terms

  • feto

Further reading

  • “fetal” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.


English

Etymology

foetus +‎ -al, the former from Latin foetus, alternative form of fētus, and the latter from Latin -alis

Adjective

foetal (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Britain, alternative in Canada) Alternative spelling of fetal

Usage notes

The form fetal is preferred in North America and in the scientific community, whereas foetal is still commonly used in UK medical schools, hospitals and Commonwealth nations.

Anagrams

  • folate, of late

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