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 Since the early 20th century, scientists have known that the majority of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal anomalies that render an embryo incompatible with life. Lara Freidenfelds, Washington Post, "8 myths about pregnancy and miscarriage," 2 Jan. 2020 First dance: 24/30 Before his second dance, Van Der Beek stunned the audience with news of the miscarriage. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Real tragedy and double heartbreak for one celebrity," 19 Nov. 2019 Many patients will experience nausea, too, adds George; the side effects are similar to that of a miscarriage. Jennifer Gerson, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Medical Abortion—the So-Called 'Abortion Pill'," 14 Nov. 2019 BEIJING — Researchers in China have found a significant link between air pollution and the risk of miscarriage, according to a new scientific paper released Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "“China is an aging society, and our study provides an additional motivation for the country to reduce ambient air pollution for the sake of enhancing the birthrate,” the researchers wrote.," 15 Oct. 2019 Petrowski said she suffereda number of miscarriages before successfully having Zariah. Fox News, "New Mexico child, 2, dead after being left by nanny in car; parents say child was miracle after 6 miscarriages," 24 Sep. 2019 Those are all pretty normal reasons for spotting during pregnancy and aren't really worrisome (although experts are investigating if there's a relationship between subchorionic hematoma and increased risk of miscarriage). Zahra Barnes, SELF, "3 Times When Spotting During Pregnancy Could Signal a Problem," 19 Sep. 2019 These included the use of intrauterine insemination (IUI) to conceive Slate, then multiple failed rounds of in vitro fertilization and miscarriages before welcoming Cruz. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Teddi Mellencamp Reveals Top Four Names for Baby Girl — and Asks Followers to Choose," 30 Dec. 2019 While healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, the infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the notice stated. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "White Castle recalls frozen burgers over listeria fears," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of miscarriage

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Miscarriage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarriage. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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