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the branch of medicine dealing with the fetus in utero.
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maternal-fe·tal med·i·cine

a subspecialty of obstetrics/gynecology devoted to the study of the obstetric, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy.
Synonym(s): fetology
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The medical study and treatment of the fetus, especially within the uterus.

fe·tol′o·gist n.
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fe·tal med·i·cine

(fē'tăl med'i-sin)
Study of the growth, development, care, and treatment of the fetus, and of environmental factors harmful to the fetus.
Synonym(s): fetology.
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Recent developments in obstetrics, however, particularly the emergence of a subspecialty in fetology, introduce a narrow focus that sees only the fetus as it survives the pathologies of pregnancy.
The way technology like ultrasound and a proliferation of fetology texts and videos made the humanity of the unborn more common knowledge should not be overlooked, either.
Basic facts of fetology are woven into the narrative, as the camera cuts back and forth between incredible embryoscopic photos and the child's mother, who often times is shown gracefully exercising.