abortion

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noun abor·tion \ ə-ˈbȯr-shən \

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: such 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
2 a :a misshapen thing or person :monstrosity
b informal + sometimes offensive :something regarded as horrifically or disgustingly bad
3 :arrest of development (as of a part or process) resulting in imperfection; also :a result of such arrest

Examples of abortion in a Sentence

  1. a doctor who performs abortions

  2. She chose to have an abortion.

Origin and Etymology of abortion

borrowed from Latin abortiōn-, abortiō, from aborīrī "to miscarry, 1abort" + -tiōn-, tiō, suffix of action nouns

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ABORTION Defined for English Language Learners

abortion

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Definition of abortion for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

abortion

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noun abor·tion \ ə-ˈbȯr-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

Law Dictionary

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noun abor·tion \ ə-ˈbȯr-shən \

legal Definition of abortion

1 :the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus; especially :the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy
2 :the crime of procuring or performing an illegal abortion
  • a conspiracy to commit abortion
  • —W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
— see also Roe v. Wade and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

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