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 A year before welcoming her daughter Lili, Meghan suffered a miscarriage. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 There was a miscarriage and then, in 2020, Victoria got pregnant again. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 In January 2020, Perri suffered a miscarriage at 11 weeks. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 23 May 2022 On his Instagram Story last night, the model and actor shared a message for friends and fans who have been asking about their well-being after Spears suffered a miscarriage. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 May 2022 A month after announcing her pregnancy, pop superstar Britney Spears has suffered a miscarriage. Editors, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 In 2000 the Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone, taken along with misoprostol, to induce what is essentially a miscarriage, explains the Post. Kelsee Majette, The Week, 5 May 2022 The head of the city’s health commission apologized to the woman who suffered the miscarriage. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 She was finally admitted two hours later -- but suffered a miscarriage, said the post, shared widely on Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo before it was deleted. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of miscarriage

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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miscarriage of justice

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6 Jul 2022

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“Miscarriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarriage. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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