abortion

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noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbȯr-shən\

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 : such asa :  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 by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy — compare contagious abortion

  2. 2a :  a misshapen thing or person :  monstrosityb informal + sometimes offensive :  something regarded as horrifically or disgustingly bad

  3. 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

see 1abort


First Known Use: circa 1537

Other Embryology Terms


ABORTION Defined for English Language Learners

abortion

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noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbȯr-shən\

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. 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>


Law Dictionary

abortion

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noun abor·tion \ə-ˈbȯr-shən\

Legal Definition of abortion

  1. 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. 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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