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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The 22-year-old Texas native survived Hurricane Harvey and mourned a miscarriage with his girlfriend, Crystal. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Star DeAndre Nico Responds to Controversial Elimination: 'I Still Won'," 5 Dec. 2018 Zara Tindall, granddaughter of the Queen and cousin to Princes William and Harry, has opened up for the first time about suffering a second miscarriage. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zara Tindall Reveals She Had a Second Miscarriage," 30 July 2018 Going from the high of announcing a pregnancy to the low of announcing a miscarriage is devastating. Madeleine Deliee, Good Housekeeping, "Nicole Arteaga Suffered a Miscarriage. Then, a Pharmacist (Legally) Refused to Issue Her Medication.," 26 June 2018 Not only that, a study surfaced last September that linked the vaccine to miscarriage. Korin Miller, SELF, "A Shockingly Low Number of Adults Got the Flu Shot Last Year," 26 Oct. 2018 Priscilla suffers from Multiple sclerosis, complications of which previously led to a miscarriage. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Senses Fail's Buddy Nielsen Explores Daughter's Birth, Making of New Album in Emotional Documentary: Video Premiere," 12 June 2018 Pregnant women exposed to lead are also vulnerable to miscarriage and premature birth, and babies exposed in the womb can suffer from slow growth and learning disabilities. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 Carrie Underwood is speaking out about her history of miscarriages. Emily Wang, Allure, "Carrie Underwood Is Opening Up About How She Coped With Her Three Miscarriages Before This Pregnancy," 17 Sep. 2018 Her private trials—a miscarriage, IVF treatments, couples counseling—have already been trumpeted by a gossipy media. Kay S. Hymowitz, WSJ, "‘Becoming’ Review: The Sound of Striving," 12 Nov. 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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