miscarriage


mis·car·riage

noun \ˌmis-ˈker-ij, -ˈka-rij, ˈmis-ˌ\

medical : a condition in which a pregnancy ends too early and does not result in the birth of a live baby

law : an unjust legal decision

Full Definition of MISCARRIAGE

1
:  corrupt or incompetent management; especially :  a failure in the administration of justice
2
:  spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and especially between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation

Examples of MISCARRIAGE

  1. a woman who has suffered multiple miscarriages
  2. a high risk of miscarriage

First Known Use of MISCARRIAGE

circa 1652

Rhymes with MISCARRIAGE

mis·car·riage

noun \mis-ˈkar-ij\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MISCARRIAGE

: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and especially between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation—compare abortion 1a

miscarriage

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spontaneous expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus before it can live outside the mother. More than 60% are caused by an inherited defect in the fetus, which might result in a fatal abnormality. Other causes may include acute infectious disease, especially if it reduces the fetus's oxygen supply; abnormalities of the uterus that have physical or hormonal origins; and death of the fetus from umbilical-cord knotting. The main sign of impending miscarriage is vaginal bleeding.

Variants of MISCARRIAGE

miscarriage or spontaneous abortion

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