misoprostol

noun
mi·​so·​pros·​tol | \ ˌmī-sō-ˈprä-ˌstōl How to pronounce misoprostol (audio) , -ˌstȯl How to pronounce misoprostol (audio) \

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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Two pills that end a pregnancy of up to 10 weeks, mifepristone and misoprostol, can be administered at home. Claire Cain Miller And, BostonGlobe.com, "Where Roe v. Wade has the biggest effect," 20 July 2019 The two pills used are mifepristone and misoprostol; the first stops the pregnancy's growth, and the second empties the uterus. USA TODAY, "Some US women are taking reproductive matters into their own hands: They're ordering abortion pills by mail," 25 June 2019 Through Aid Access, which Gomperts founded in 2018, women who are healthy and less than nine weeks pregnant can go through an online consultation to obtain the pills, mifepristone and misoprostol. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "European doctor says she's defying the FDA and will continue mailing abortion pills to women in the U.S.," 4 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce misoprostol (audio) , -ˌtȯl How to pronounce misoprostol (audio) \

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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