abrup·​tion | \ ə-ˈbrəp-shən How to pronounce abruption (audio) \

Definition of abruption

: a sudden breaking off or away

Examples of abruption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine reports that fibroids can increase your risk for placental problems, including placental abruption and placenta previa. Sarah Bradley, Health.com, 1 Nov. 2021 Those emergencies can include induction, emergency C-section, hemorrhaging after birth, eclampsia, placental abruption, or the immediate need of a large medical team in a way that was unknown prior to labor or delivery. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 10 Nov. 2021 The autopsy showed the miscarriage could have been caused by a congenital abnormality and placental abruption, when the placenta detaches from the womb, the AP said. Li Cohen, CBS News, 20 Oct. 2021 Tovah had a hysterectomy after suffering a placental abruption and losing her last pregnancy after years of miscarriages. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 15 Oct. 2021 In the essay, Teigen explained that she was hospitalized for excessive bleeding due to a partial placental abruption, a rare and serious condition in which the placenta separates from the inner lining of the uterus. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 29 Sep. 2021 The report said the miscarriage could have happened due to genetic anomaly or placenta abruption. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2010 By the same token, Milley’s actions should be understood as a problem in their own right: an abruption of the chain of command and his constitutional role. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 18 Sep. 2021 Unfortunately, in some cases, placental abruption can cause premature birth or stillbirth. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of abruption

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abruption

borrowed from Latin abruptiōn-, abruptiō, from abrup-, variant stem of abrumpere "to break off short" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at abrupt

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The first known use of abruption was in 1606

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“Abruption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abruption. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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ab·​rup·​tion | \ a-ˈbrəp-shən, ə- How to pronounce abruption (audio) \

Medical Definition of abruption

: a sudden breaking off : detachment of portions from a mass placental abruption


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