dilation and extraction

noun

Definition of dilation and extraction

: a surgical abortion that is typically performed during the third trimester or later part of the second trimester of pregnancy and in which the death of the fetus is induced after it has passed partway through the dilated cervix A central question is whether the Court will accept the law's definition of "partial-birth" abortion, a term used by antiabortion forces to describe intact dilation and extraction (D&X).— Alexi A. Wright and Ingrid T. Katz

called also D&X, partial-birth abortion

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Dilation and extraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilation%20and%20extraction. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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dilation and extraction

noun

Medical Definition of dilation and extraction

: a surgical abortion that is typically performed during the third trimester or later part of the second trimester of pregnancy and in which the death of the fetus is induced after it has passed partway through the dilated cervix

called also D&X, partial-birth abortion

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