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Putting on the style

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1592

Re: Hippy Hangover?

The BMJ is in good company in using the spelling fetus. Chamber's
English Dictionary defines foetus as 'the usual but etymologically
unsatisfactory form of fetus', and the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
notes that 'the better form with e is rare except in US'. To have the
support of two such reputable British dictionaries surely makes fetus a
perfectly valid British spelling.

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22 December 1999
Adam Jacobs
Dianthus Medical Limited