miscarriage

noun

mis·​car·​riage ˌmis-ˈker-ij How to pronounce miscarriage (audio)
-ˈka-rij,
ˈmis-ˌker-ij,
-ˌka-rij
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 According to a GoFundMe page started to support the costs of adoption, Hughes, 26, had a difficult journey to becoming a mother, including at least three miscarriages. Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 The show sometimes tackles difficult subjects such as miscarriage—but also friendship, staying true to yourself, and much more all in ways that are easily digestible for children and tug on the heartstrings of parents. Tanay Howard, Parents, 12 Jan. 2024 An attractive newlywed, Tricia, after several miscarriages, is desperate to have a child. Diane Scharper, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and miscarriages and stillbirths among those pregnant. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 19 Dec. 2023 Jessica’s inbox was flooded with messages from other women who’d suffered miscarriages. Sarah Gish, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict Brittany Watts, the 34-year-old woman charged with abusing a corpse after experiencing a miscarriage at home in a case that drew national attention to the ways women may be criminalized for their pregnancy outcomes in a post-Dobbs landscape. Anumita Kaur, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Pregnant people face the additional risk of miscarriage and fetal congenital malformations. Heslley MacHado Silva, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2024 Florida resident Anya Cook and her husband Derek were so excited to be finally pregnant after years of infertility and miscarriages. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 22 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of miscarriage was in 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Miscarriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarriage. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

miscarriage

noun
mis·​car·​riage mis-ˈkar-ij How to pronounce miscarriage (audio)
1
: bad management
especially : a failure in the administration of justice
2
: the accidental separation of an unborn child from the body of its mother before it is capable of living independently : loss of an unborn child through premature birth

Medical Definition

miscarriage

noun
mis·​car·​riage mis-ˈkar-ij How to pronounce miscarriage (audio)
: 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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