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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Gurus reveal their darkest secrets and talk about miscarriages, or their plastic surgery. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 Serious complications in the outbreak included one person developing pneumonia and a pregnant woman suffering a miscarriage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaccine-refusing community drove outbreak that cost $395K, sickened babies," 30 July 2018 The kinds of miscarriages of justice Yoffe collects are conspicuously absent from Roiphe’s argument. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Katie Roiphe Is Right About Twitter Feminism and Wrong About #MeToo," 16 Feb. 2018 Conan Doyle had involved himself in miscarriages of justice before, but this one would eclipse them all. The Economist, "When Arthur Conan Doyle cried “J’Accuse…!”," 7 July 2018 My first miscarriage happened eight years ago, just days after a doctor’s appointment. Angela Garbes, Health.com, "I Had a Miscarriage at 30 and 35—and Each One Felt Wildly Different," 29 May 2018 This miscarriage of justice was the result of bad science. Sunita Sah, Scientific American, "Let’s Keep the Science in Forensic Science," 1 Oct. 2017 For example, health providers denied chemotherapy to women who are diagnosed with cancer earlier in their pregnancies and even prosecutes women who have miscarriages or stillbirths. refinery29.com, "What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.," 3 July 2018 After two detentions, a miscarriage and the birth of her son, Ms. Ayesh carried on to organize nonviolent demonstrations and strikes. New York Times, "These Movies Haunted Me at the Human Rights Watch Festival," 15 June 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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