Definition of Abortion

1. Noun. Termination of pregnancy.

Generic synonyms: Conclusion, Ending, Termination
Specialized synonyms: Miscarriage, Spontaneous Abortion, Stillbirth, Induced Abortion
Derivative terms: Abort, Abortionist

2. Noun. Failure of a plan.
Exact synonyms: Miscarriage
Generic synonyms: Failure
Derivative terms: Abort, Miscarry

Definition of Abortion

1. n. The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.

Definition of Abortion

1. Noun. (medicine or dated) The cessation of pregnancy or fetal development: ¹

2. Noun. (dated) The immature product of an untimely birth. ¹

3. Noun. (biology) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed. ¹

4. Noun. Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which is interrupted in its progress before it is matured or perfect. ¹

5. Noun. The act of aborting a project, a mission, etc, before it is completed. ¹

6. Noun. (chiefly arts) Something ugly, an artistic atrocity;. ¹

7. Noun. A monstrosity; a misshapen person. ¹

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Definition of Abortion

1. induced expulsion of a nonviable fetus [n -S]

Medical Definition of Abortion

1. 1. The premature expulsion from the uterus of the products of conception of the embryo or of a nonviable foetus. The four classic symptoms, usually present in each type of abortion, are uterine contractions, uterine haemorrhage, softening and dilatation of the cervix and presentation or expulsion of all or part of the products of conception. The expulsion or removal of an embryo or foetus from the mother prematurely, this can be done as an artificial procedure, but it often happens naturally when the mother's body expels the foetus because it has died, has genetic or developmental defects, or because of infection or illness in the mother. Natural abortions are typically called miscarriages. Medically-induced abortions, which can be completed with surgery or with hormone drugs, are performed because the foetus is unwanted, deformed, not likely to live, or endangers the mother's life or health. 2. The premature stoppage of a natural or a pathological process. Origin: L. Abortio (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Abortion

abortifacient agents
abortion (current term)
abortion-inducing drug
abortion applicants
abortion pill
abortion pills
abortion rate
abortive neurofibromatosis
abortive transduction

Literary usage of Abortion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1895)
"A CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN DOUBTFUL POINTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF abortion. ... When is abortion complete ? 3. After septic abortions, when shall irrigation ..."

2. Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1856)
"By abortion is commonly understood, in medicine, the expulsion of the contents of ... The law makes no distinction of this kind, but the terra abortion is ..."

3. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1897)
"BY abortion is commonly understood, in medicine, the expulsion of contents ... The law makes no distinction of this kir but the term " abortion" is applied ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1899)
"Nineteen of these cases were complete spontaneous abortion. ... In the 19 cases of complete abortion 17 made good recoveries without interference. ..."

5. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1910)
"This does not mean that anybody could produce an abortion and escape the ... But the presumption is that if anybody produces abortion it is not done for the ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"Even when the mother died as a resul: of an attempt to procure an abortion, the killing was not regarded as murder, for the death was collateral, ..."

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