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abortion

noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbr-shən\

: a medical procedure used to end a pregnancy and cause the death of the fetus

Full Definition of ABORTION

1
:  the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: as
a :  spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation — compare miscarriage
b :  induced expulsion of a human fetus
c :  expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy — compare contagious abortion
3
:  arrest of development (as of a part or process) resulting in imperfection; also :  a result of such arrest

Examples of ABORTION

  1. a doctor who performs abortions
  2. She chose to have an abortion.

First Known Use of ABORTION

circa 1537

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition
Medical Dictionary

abortion

noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbr-shən\

Medical Definition of ABORTION

1
:  the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: a :  spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation—compare miscarriage b :  induced expulsion of a human fetus c :  expulsion of a fetus of a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy—see contagious abortion, trichomoniasis b, vibrionic abortion
2
:  arrest of development of an organ so that it remains imperfect or is absorbed
3
:  the arrest of a disease in its earliest stage <abortion of a cold>

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