still·​birth | \ ˈstil-ˌbərth How to pronounce stillbirth (audio) , -ˈbərth \

Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead fetus

Examples of stillbirth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, lack of medical care increases the risk for complications during labor and stillbirth, but prosecutors have rarely recognized that when filing murder charges. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Mount Sinai is opening a clinic in Manhattan to support women and families who experience stillbirth. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 10 June 2022 Another was rubella, commonly known as German measles, that could result in stillbirth or in life-threatening effects on the baby (a vaccine was approved in 1969). New York Times, 9 June 2022 For both clades, children are among those at high risk of severe disease, and infection can be particularly dangerous during pregnancy, causing complications, congenital conditions, and stillbirth. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 19 May 2022 Police use search histories and text messages to charge pregnant people with murder following stillbirth. Albert Fox Cahn, Wired, 18 May 2022 Congenital syphilis can lead to severe lifelong health complications and stillbirth; of 2,148 infants who contracted syphilis in 2020, 149 did not survive. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Most vividly, Tschilar remembers a woman there who had recently had a stillbirth. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 Adora Perez had pleaded no-contest to manslaughter in 2018, to avoid a murder charge for her 2017 stillbirth and was sentenced by a judge to the maximum term of 11 years in prison. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stillbirth

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Stillbirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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still·​birth | \ ˈstil-ˌbərth, -ˈbərth How to pronounce stillbirth (audio) \

Medical Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead fetus — compare live birth

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