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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

abortion

noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbr-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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