Baby vs Foetus - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between baby and foetus
is that baby
is baby (infant
) while foetus
A very young human, particularly from birth to a couple of years old or until walking is fully mastered.
Any very young animal, especially a vertebrate; many species have specific names for their babies, such as kittens for the babies of cats, puppies]] for the babies of dogs, and chicks for the babies of birds. See [[:Category:Baby animals for more.
Unborn young; a fetus.
A person who is immature or infantile.
- When is your baby due?
A term of endearment for a girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse.
(informal) A form of address to a man or a woman considered to be attractive.
- Stand up for yourself - don't be such a baby !
A pet project or responsibility.
- Hey baby , what are you doing later?
The lastborn of a family.
- The annual report has been my baby since September.
(archaic) A small image of an infant; a doll.
- See my new car here? I can't wait to take this baby for a drive.
* (young human being) babe, babby, babbie, infant
* (immature or infantile person) big baby
* (term of endearment) love
* gamete, zygote, morula, blastocyst, embryo, fetus
) (used only before the noun
Of a child: very young; of the age when he or she would be termed a baby or infant.
Of an animal: young.
- a baby boy
Intended for babies.
- a baby elephant
Picked when small and immature (as in baby corn'', ''baby potatoes ).
- baby clothes
When referring to a human baby (as per noun sense 1 above) the usual practice is to treat 'human' as the adjective and 'baby' as the noun.
* (sense) little
* (intended for babies) baby's
To coddle; to pamper somebody like an infant.
* anchor baby
* baby beef
* Baby Bell
* baby bond
* baby bonus
* baby boom
* baby boomer
* baby boy
* baby buggy
* baby carriage
* baby doll
* baby-doll pajamas, baby doll pyjamas
* baby face
* baby food
* baby girl
* baby grand
* baby house
* baby monitor
* baby of the family
* baby's breath
* baby seat
* babysit, baby-sit
* babysitter, baby-sitter
* baby's tears
* baby talk
* baby tooth
* be left holding the baby
* big baby
* cry like a baby
* passport baby
* throw out the baby with the bathwater, throw the baby out with the bathwater
* sleep like a baby
(chiefly, British, hypercorrect)
The form (fetus) is preferred in North America and in the scientific community, whereas (foetus) is still commonly used in Commonwealth nations.