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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Recent Examples on the Web The law uses a non-medical phrase to describe a late-term procedure that involves dilation and extraction of the fetus. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 20 May 2021

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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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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