feto-, fet-, feti-, foeto-, foet- +

(Latin: an unborn offspring, fetus)

afetal (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to being without a fetus, or not having an unborn child, by the end of the eighth week after conception to the moment of birth: The doctor told Estelle that she still had an afetal condition and so she was lacking any any baby inside her womb
alcohol fetopathy (s) (noun); alcohol fetopathies, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (pl)
A description of a spectrum of permanent and often devastating birth-defect syndromes caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy: The main effect of alcohol fetalpathy is brain damage which can be caused during any trimester, because the fetus's brain continues to develop throughout the entire pregnancy.

The brain damage that is a result of alcohol fetopathy is often accompanied by, and reflected in, distinctive facial stigmata or characteristics which are indicative of a disease or abnormalities.

effete (adjective)
1. Lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent; such as, an effete, overrefined society.
2. Exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out: "We have an effete political force.
3. Unable to produce; sterile.
4. Marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay; such as, "a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility"; "a group of effete self-professed intellectuals".
5. Etymology: From Latin effetus (feminine, effeta) "unproductive, worn out (with bearing offspring)"; literally, "that has given birth" from ex- "out" plus fetus, "childbearing, offspring". The sense of "exhausted" is from 1662; that of "morally exhausted" from 1790, led to "decadent" in the nineteenth century.
fawn
1. A young deer; especially, one that is unweaned or less than a year old.
2. Etymology: from Old French faon, "young animal"; from Vulgar Latin fetonem, accusative of feto, from Latin fetus, "an offspring".

The following fawn, fawning definitions are not related etymologically to the above fawn:

1. To seek attention or to try to win favor by flattery and obsequious behavior: "The dog was fawning all over him when he came home."
2. To attempt to please someone by showing enthusiastic affection.
3. Etymology: from Old English fagnian, "rejoice"; from fægen, "glad"; used in Middle English to refer to expressions of delight, especially a dog wagging its tail, hence "to act slavishly".
fetal viability
The ability of a fetus to survive outside the womb.

Historically, a fetus was considered to be capable of living at the end of gestational week twenty when the mother felt fetal movement (quickening) and the fetal heart tones could be auscultated with a fetoscope.

In reality, even with prompt and intensive neonatal support, a preterm fetus of less than twenty-five weeks' gestation has little chance of surviving outside the womb.

fetal, foetal
A reference to, or having the character of a fetus.
fetalism, fetalization
The retention, into adult life, of bodily characters which at some earlier stage of evolutionary history were actually only infantile and were rapidly lost as the organism attained maturity.
fetation
1. The formation of a fetus in the womb; pregnancy.
2. The development of a fetus within the uterus; pregnancy.
3. The condition of having a developing embryo or foetus in the body, after union of an ovum and spermatozoon.
feticidal
The action of destroying a fetus or causing an abortion.
feticide, foeticide.
1. The destruction or killing of the fetus or causing an abortion.
2. The destruction of the embryo or foetus in the uterus.
3. The intentional destruction of a human fetus; for example, by using an agent or drug.

Feticide, as a legal term, refers to the deliberate or incidental killing of a fetus as a result of a human act; such as, a punch or kick in the abdomen of a pregnant woman. It does not refer to the death of a fetus from entirely natural causes, or through the spontaneous abortion of a pregnancy where the life of the fetus could not be maintained artificially ex utero.

feticulture
The promotion of proper growth and development of a fetus or unborn child which is still in the uterus.
fetiferous (adjective), more fetiferous, most fetiferous
Descriptive of producing offspring: All fetiferous animals give birth to, or birds hatch, their young because nature has endowed them with the desire to reproduce their species.
fetography
Radiography of the fetus within the uterus.

This procedure has been virtually replaced by ultrasound.

fetologist
A specialist in the field of medicine involving the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the fetus.
fetology
1. A field of medicine involving the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the fetus within the uterus.
2. A subspecialty of obstetrics/gynecology devoted to the study of the obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy.

Related "birth, born, childbirth, offspring" words: abort-; lochio-; nasc-, nat-; proli-; toco-, toko-.