Lectin histochemistry was used to investigate the glycoconjugate saccharidic moieties in the skin of human fetuses ranging in age from the 8th to the 13th week of gestation. For this purpose, seven HRP-conjugated lectins were employed (Con A, WGA, PNA, DBA, SEA, UEAI and LTA). The distribution and changes of the sugar residues of glycoconjugates at the level of the various layers of the fetal epidermis, as well of the underlying mesenchyme were studied. We have shown that UEAI reactivity is a characteristic finding of the cells of the intermediate layer at the 11th and 12th week of gestation. LTA reactivity was detected only at the free border of the peridermal cells from the 10th to the 13th week of gestation. We demonstrated the presence of PNA binding sites at both the basal and peridermal cells from the 8th week of gestation, whereas other authors have stated that the appearance of PNA reactivity coincides with the onset of fetal skin stratification (11th-12th week of gestation). Moreover, some typical features in lectin reactivity at the level of the mesenchymal cells and fibres have been pointed out.