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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.

This entry is located in the following units: -cide, -cides, -cidal (page 4) feto-, fet-, feti-, foeto-, foet- + (page 1)