miscarriage

noun
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 Markle noted that approximately 10% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, a statistic confirmed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, reveals summer miscarriage," 25 Nov. 2020 And according to the Winne Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, 1 in 4 pregnancies (or 25%) end in miscarriage. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "'Defying the odds': 51-year-old woman gives birth to her own granddaughter," 12 Nov. 2020 The commonality of miscarriage and pregnancy loss is not a comfort, though. Danielle Campoamor, Woman's Day, "Chrissy Teigen is Reminding All Loss Parents That They're Not Alone," 1 Oct. 2020 The rainbow emoji is likely a nod to the fact Halsey, 26, suffered a miscarriage while on tour about five years ago. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Surprise! Halsey announces she's pregnant and shows off baby bump in new photo," 27 Jan. 2021 There are many online support groups for families experiencing the loss of a child through miscarriage. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Miscarriage devastates expectant couple," 27 Jan. 2021 There are many online support groups for families experiencing the loss of a child through miscarriage. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Couple struggles with sadness, isolation after miscarriage," 26 Jan. 2021 Anne then suffered a miscarriage and the pressure mounted. History Magazine, "Anne Boleyn used flirtation, fertility, and faith to seduce Henry VIII," 29 Dec. 2020 People who are pregnant and have a listeria infection may experience only mild symptoms, but the infection can lead to miscarriage and other pregnancy complications, the CDC says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Butternut Squash Products Recalled in 12 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of miscarriage

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Miscarriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarriage. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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miscarriage

noun

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

miscarriage

noun
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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