mis·​car·​riage | \ ˌmis-ˈker-ij How to pronounce miscarriage (audio) , -ˈka-rij, ˈmis-ˌ\

Definition of miscarriage

1 : corrupt or incompetent management especially : a failure in the administration of justice
2 : spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and especially between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation

Examples of miscarriage in a Sentence

a woman who has suffered multiple miscarriages a high risk of miscarriage

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But some experts believe that in addition to signaling hormonal shifts, morning sickness may offer some kind of defensive effect against pregnancy complications like miscarriage and preterm labor. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It True That Morning Sickness Means Something Good During Pregnancy?," 10 Jan. 2019 The couple was looking for a way to give back after suffering two miscarriages. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Los Angeles charity makes sure homeless kids get the birthday party they deserve," 2 July 2018 The Obamas suffered a miscarriage and eventually turned to IVF. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "With Becoming, Michelle Obama Proves She's Just Like You, Me, and Everyone We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 The conversation led to other conversations about miscarriages, and abortions, and concerns like endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 Like in cloning experiments, miscarriages and deaths could occur. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction using embryos," 5 July 2018 This new pregnancy came only months after Erin's miscarriage and Jon was overjoyed. Paul Larosa, CBS News, "Search for missing Marine wife "like finding a needle in a thousand haystacks”," 12 June 2018 Fiske said Imran gave her 800 milligrams of the pill Misoprostol, which is used to start labor, cause miscarriage and prevent stomach ulcers. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A doctor laced his ex-girlfriend’s tea with abortion pills and got three years in prison," 19 May 2018 His research has linked miscarriages in the whales to lack of food, especially chinook. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Will we now commit to saving the Northwest’s orcas? A task force meets Tuesday," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of miscarriage

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of miscarriage

medical : a condition in which a pregnancy ends too early and does not result in the birth of a live baby
law : an unjust legal decision


mis·​car·​riage | \ mis-ˈkar-ij How to pronounce miscarriage (audio) \

Medical Definition of miscarriage

: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and especially between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation — compare abortion sense 1a

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