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

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Knisley is among several prominent female writers who this year have shared their stories of miscarriage, including about how family and friends respond. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "Four of the best graphic memoirs of the year — so far," 23 July 2019 The birth of baby Dean comes almost a year after the couple suffered a miscarriage in August 2018. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "'Real Housewives Of Potomac' Star Ashley Darby Opens Up About Her 'Postpartum Blues'," 23 July 2019 In women, a listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Sandwiches and salads sold at Target, Fresh Market recalled over Listeria concerns," 20 July 2019 Sadly, 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Felissa Allard, SELF, "These Are The Pregnancy Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore," 8 July 2019 Bash After a whole season of going back and forth about having children, the couple conceived and, shortly after, lost the pregnancy in a miscarriage. Carmen Dipippo, PEOPLE.com, "Real Housewives of Potomac's Ashley Darby Welcomes Son with Husband Michael," 7 July 2019 The delay, however, raises the risk that an embryo has genetic abnormalities that could result in a miscarriage or a disorder like Down syndrome. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "New Noninvasive Genetic Tests for IVF Embryos Are in Development," 24 June 2019 Nine weeks into her pregnancy, her doctor informed her that there was no fetal heartbeat and that her pregnancy would end in miscarriage. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Walgreens Pharmacist Denies Woman Medication for Her Miscarriage," 25 June 2018 The pregnancy may end in miscarriage, and parents may not know why. New York Times, "Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth," 25 May 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 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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