misoprostol

noun
mi·​so·​pros·​tol | \ˌmī-sō-ˈpräs-ˌtōl, -ˌtȯl \

Definition of misoprostol 

: a synthetic prostaglandin analog C22H38O5 used to prevent stomach ulcers associated with NSAID use and to induce abortion in conjunction with mifepristone

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Many women in Argentina use misoprostol to end first-trimester pregnancies. Fox News, "Argentina Senate rejects bill legalizing elective abortions," 9 Aug. 2018 If taken before 10 weeks, mifepristone and misoprostol are between 92 to 98 percent effective. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.," 20 Oct. 2018 Many women in Argentina use misoprostol to end first-trimester pregnancies. Fox News, "Argentina Senate rejects bill legalizing elective abortions," 9 Aug. 2018 Many women in Argentina use misoprostol to end first-trimester pregnancies. Fox News, "Argentina Senate rejects bill legalizing elective abortions," 9 Aug. 2018 Even misoprostol may be out of their reach, especially for teenagers or for women whose husbands or boyfriends control the cash. The Economist, "Argentina moves closer to legalising abortion," 9 June 2018 For the poorest women living in the slums, a box with 16 tablets of misoprostol that costs about $170 is out of reach. Washington Post, "Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever," 20 Apr. 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 The combination lead to completion of the miscarriage in 84 percent of women within two days, compared to 67 percent among women who got misoprostol alone. Dorothy Novick, STAT, "FDA shouldn’t allow politics to hurt women suffering miscarriage," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of misoprostol

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misoprostol

miso- (perhaps from methyl + iso-) + prostaglandin + -ol entry 1

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misoprostol

noun
mi·​so·​pros·​tol | \ˌmī-sō-ˈpräs-ˌtōl, -ˌtȯl \

Medical Definition of misoprostol 

: a synthetic prostaglandin analog C22H38O5 used to prevent stomach ulcers associated with NSAID use and to induce abortion in conjunction with RU-486

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