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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The mother of 5-year-old son Christopher and daughter 2-year-old shared the news via Instagram on Sunday (June 17), a year after suffering a miscarriage. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Oprah Signs Billion Dollar Deal With Apple," 18 June 2018 Harder -- and full of heartache --when after posting news of her pregnancy on Facebook, early in 2014, Erin suffered a miscarriage. Paul Larosa, CBS News, "Search for missing Marine wife "like finding a needle in a thousand haystacks”," 12 June 2018 Fact: The vast majority of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "The Heartbreaking Thing Most Women Get Wrong About Miscarriages," 8 May 2018 Not everyone experiences grief in the same way following a miscarriage. Korin Miller, SELF, "After Multiple Miscarriages, Pregnant Jana Kramer Reflects on Her Grief," 13 July 2018 Some of those medical risks range from previous birth complications and miscarriages to autoimmune disease. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Lottery assists Arizona families in need," 9 July 2018 Each woman is given an online consultation with a licensed doctor before she is mailed the medications, typically mifepristone and misoprostol pills, that induce a miscarriage. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018 Inbreeding also leads to higher miscarriage rates and decreased fertility in offspring. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Northern white rhino could be saved from extinction using embryos," 5 July 2018 Nearly 25 women are currently in jail after being convicted of aggravated or attempted homicide due to a miscarriage. refinery29.com, "What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.," 3 July 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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