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

Examples of misoprostol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug misoprostol has a warning label that states uterine rupture and other risks have been associated with that off-label use. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "The US has the highest maternal death rate of any developed nation. California is trying to do something about that," 14 Apr. 2020 Cramping and bleeding, resembling a heavy period, occur after the expulsion of fetal tissue caused by the second drug, misoprostol, which is taken up to 48 hours later. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Abortion by Telemedicine: A Growing Option as Access to Clinics Wanes," 28 Apr. 2020 Oden petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration to restrict the use of the drug misoprostol in labor inductions -- the drug used to induce Tatia's labor. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "The US has the highest maternal death rate of any developed nation. California is trying to do something about that," 14 Apr. 2020 Advocacy groups say home abortions using one of the drugs - misoprostol - can be done without professional oversight. CBS News, "Abortion demand rising amid pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 But taken with another medication called misoprostol, mifepristone can end a pregnancy in the first 10 weeks without the need for an in-clinic procedure. Anna North, Vox, "America’s first generic abortion pill, explained," 20 Aug. 2019 To terminate a pregnancy with medication, women take two pills: mifepristone, which blocks the hormone progesterone and prevents further growth of the embryo, and misoprostol, which causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo. NBC News, "Abortion rights advocates, doctors take aim at uptick in 'reversal' laws," 4 Oct. 2019 Depending on the gestational period, a patient will take the second medication, misoprostol, between 6 to 48 hours after taking the dose of mifepristone. Jennifer Gerson, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Medical Abortion—the So-Called 'Abortion Pill'," 14 Nov. 2019 After the misoprostol is taken, a patient can then typically expect to pass their pregnancy within approximately six hours. Jennifer Gerson, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Medical Abortion—the So-Called 'Abortion Pill'," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of misoprostol was in 1982

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“Misoprostol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misoprostol. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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