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

First Known Use of dilation and extraction

1992


Medical Dictionary

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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