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

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

Recent Examples on the Web

But what about the way our relationships with our own bodies change after a miscarriage? Dr. Jessica Zucker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Masturbation After Miscarriage: 14 Women Share Their Stories," 30 Oct. 2018 But the infection can still cause serious side effects, including miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening illness in the newborn. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Avocados Recalled in 6 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 An infection during pregnancy can have really serious consequences: miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or possibly a serious infection for newborns. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "An Avocado Recall Has Been Issued After Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 Gabrielle Union publicly shared her infertility problems with her husband, Dwyane Wade, last fall, among them a harrowing eight failed IVF cycles and multiple miscarriages, before having a daughter at the age of 46 via surrogate. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "How California Became the World’s Fertility Treatment Destination," 13 Mar. 2019 Linet Nabwire, a villager who spoke to CNN-affiliate KTN in 2015 for a documentary about lead poisoning in Owino Uhuru, recalled suffering three miscarriages after testing positive for lead. Deborah Bloom, CNN, "The woman risking her life to save a village from lead poisoning," 20 Apr. 2018 There have been painful procedures, infections, and miscarriage. Liz Feldman, Glamour, "A Note on Dead to Me's Origins," 7 May 2019 Likewise, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Japan and Hong Kong count as miscarriages many births that the U.S. considers as live births. WSJ, "Comparing U.S. and Canadian Health Data," 29 Apr. 2019 The March of Dimes also notes multiple pregnancies (of twins, triplets, or more) might also be a reason to abstain, as well as having had miscarriages in the past. Kaitlin Stanford, Woman's Day, "How to Safely Have Sex During Pregnancy," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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