abortion

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

2a : 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

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Examples of abortion in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of abortion

circa 1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abortion

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

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The first known use of abortion was circa 1537

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abortion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of abortion

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

abortion

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 sense 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

abortion

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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