The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.
the stage of pregnancy in which the movement of the fetus can be felt for the first time.
The point during pregnancy at which the movements of the prenatal child can be felt by the mother. Used during earlier times, when scientific knowledge of prenatal life was less complete, to mark the time after which prenatal child-killing would no longer be permitted. SECTION: R