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quickening

 [kwik´en-ing]
the first perceptible movement of the fetus in the uterus, appearing usually in the sixteenth to eighteenth week of pregnancy.

quick·en·ing

(kwik'ĕn-ing),
Signs of life felt by the mother as a result of fetal movements, usually appearing 16-20 weeks into pregnancy.
[A.S. cwic, living]

quickening

/quick·en·ing/ (kwik´en-ing) the first perceptible movement of the fetus in the uterus.

quickening

(kwĭk′ə-nĭng)
n.
The initial signs of fetal life felt by the mother as a result of movement by the fetus.

quickening

[kwik′(ə)ning]
Etymology: ME, quic, living
the first feeling by a pregnant woman of movement of her baby in utero, usually occurring between 16 and 20 weeks of gestation.

quickening

Obstetrics A subjective sensation experienced by the mother during early pregnancy, that occurs around the 16th gestational wk. See Bonding. Cf Lightening.

quick·en·ing

(kwik'ĕn-ing)
Signs of life felt by the mother as a result of the fetal movements, usually first noted at 17 to 20 weeks of pregnancy.
[A.S. cwic, living]

quickening

Perception by the mother-to-be of movements of the fetus in the womb. In first pregnancies this is usually noticed around the 20th week, but, with experience, quickening may be recognized as early as the 16th week.