Below are some useful words and phrases assoicated with pregnancy and abortion as well as with the referendum campaign.
|Fertilisation||The joining of sperm with ovum, completed when their nuclei are combined, to make a genetically new individual.|
|Foetus (Latin, ‘young, offspring’)||The developing human from eight weeks after fertilisation up to birth.|
|Gestational age||The baby’s age calculated by estimating pregnancy as starting from the first day of the mother’s last menstrual period.|
|Morula (Latin, “mulberry”)||The earliest stage of human embryo development; the first four days of life when the growing cell cluster looks like (but is not) a berry.|
|Sentient capacity||The ability to feel sensations such as pain.|
|Zygote (Greek, ‘joining’)||The new, one-celled being formed when sperm fertilises egg; the zygote of the species Homo sapiens is a human being at the earliest stage of life.|