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abortion

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noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbȯr-shən\

Medical Definition of abortion

  1. 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 miscarriageb:  induced expulsion of a human fetusc:  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. 2:  arrest of development of an organ so that it remains imperfect or is absorbed

  3. 3:  the arrest of a disease in its earliest stage <abortion of a cold>





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