prenatal determination of genetic or chemical abnormalities in a fetus, esp by amniocentesis
- Fetal distress syndrome
fetal distress syndrome n. An abnormal condition of a fetus during gestation or at the time of delivery, marked by altered heart rate or rhythm and leading to compromised blood flow or changes in blood chemistry.
- Fetal dystocia
fetal dystocia n. A difficult delivery due to an abnormality in the shape, size, or position of the fetus.
- Fetal hemoglobin
fetal hemoglobin n. The predominant form of hemoglobin in a fetus and a newborn. Normally present in small amounts in an adult, it may be abnormally elevated in certain forms of anemia.
- Fetal hydrops
fetal hydrops n. The abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in fetal tissues, usually fatal to the fetus.