mifepristone

noun
mi·​fep·​ris·​tone | \ ˌmi-fə-ˈpri-ˌstōn How to pronounce mifepristone (audio) , mi-ˈfe-pri-ˌstōn \

Definition of mifepristone

: a drug C29H35NO2 taken orally to induce abortion especially early in pregnancy by blocking the body's use of progesterone

called also RU-486

Examples of mifepristone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first drug, mifepristone, blocks the effects of progesterone, a hormone without which the lining of the uterus begins to break down. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Revives Abortion-Pill Restriction," 12 Jan. 2021 The court’s order permits providers to use mail-order pharmacies or mail mifepristone directly to patients, thus allowing remote care across a number of states. Rachel Rebouché, Time, "The Supreme Court Doesn't Hold All the Power When It Comes to Abortion Rights. Here Are 2 Things the Biden Administration Can Do to Extend Access," 22 Dec. 2020 There is no requirement that patients actually take mifepristone at a health care facility, so patients are usually at home and not at a clinic even if a complication were to arise. Rachel Rebouché, Time, "The Supreme Court Doesn't Hold All the Power When It Comes to Abortion Rights. Here Are 2 Things the Biden Administration Can Do to Extend Access," 22 Dec. 2020 The pandemic has also seen an embrace of telemedicine that makes the in-person requirement to get mifepristone even more ridiculous. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "20 Republican Senators Petition the FDA to Ban the Abortion Pill," 3 Sep. 2020 In 2011, the FDA imposed a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy on Mifeprex, the brand name for mifepristone. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Telemedicine Abortions Are Safe — So Why Are They Still So Hard To Get?," 20 Oct. 2020 Several organizations in the United States now assist patients with the process of obtaining mifepristone pills directly, through online pharmacies. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The First Abortion Case Before a Post-Ginsburg Supreme Court," 29 Sep. 2020 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, an organization of women’s health care physicians, and other groups sued the FDA over its treatment of mifepristone, which is also known by the brand name Mifeprex. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Puts Off Decision on Reinstating Abortion Pill Restrictions," 9 Oct. 2020 Graham Chelius, a family-medicine practitioner in Hawaii, is a plaintiff in another lawsuit, filed in 2017, seeking to remove the REMs for mifepristone. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The First Abortion Case Before a Post-Ginsburg Supreme Court," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of mifepristone

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mifepristone

perhaps from International Scientific Vocabulary amino + fe- (alteration of phen-) + pri- (alteration of prop-) + estradiol + -one

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“Mifepristone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mifepristone. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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mifepristone

noun
mi·​fep·​ris·​tone | \ ˌmi-fə-ˈpris-ˌtōn How to pronounce mifepristone (audio) , mi-ˈfep-ri-ˌstōn How to pronounce mifepristone (audio) \

Medical Definition of mifepristone

: a drug C29H35NO2 taken orally to induce abortion especially early in pregnancy by blocking the body's use of progesterone

called also RU-486

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