mis·car·riage | \ˌmis-ˈker-ij, -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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For example, health providers denied chemotherapy to women who are diagnosed with cancer earlier in their pregnancies and even prosecutes women who have miscarriages or stillbirths. refinery29.com, "What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.," 3 July 2018 After two detentions, a miscarriage and the birth of her son, Ms. Ayesh carried on to organize nonviolent demonstrations and strikes. New York Times, "These Movies Haunted Me at the Human Rights Watch Festival," 15 June 2018 In 2013, a massive gas leak from the plant sickened several hundred residents in the area, some of whom blamed the leak for causing miscarriages and skin and respiratory ailments. Parth M.n., latimes.com, "Indian court stops construction at copper plant after 11 killed in protests," 23 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine Weiss taking her readers on the miscarriage and pregnancy journey, for example, as Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine (in many ways Weiss’s closest peer) did in 2016, describing her self-doubt and insecurities. Amy Larocca, The Cut, "The Magic Skin of Glossier’s Emily Weiss," 9 Jan. 2018 The mother of 5-year-old son Christopher and daughter 2-year-old shared the news via Instagram on Sunday (June 17), a year after suffering a miscarriage. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Oprah Signs Billion Dollar Deal With Apple," 18 June 2018 Harder -- and full of heartache --when after posting news of her pregnancy on Facebook, early in 2014, Erin suffered a miscarriage. Paul Larosa, CBS News, "Search for missing Marine wife "like finding a needle in a thousand haystacks”," 12 June 2018 Fact: The vast majority of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "The Heartbreaking Thing Most Women Get Wrong About Miscarriages," 8 May 2018 Not everyone experiences grief in the same way following a miscarriage. Korin Miller, SELF, "After Multiple Miscarriages, Pregnant Jana Kramer Reflects on Her Grief," 13 July 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 \

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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