still·​birth | \ ˈstil-ˌbərth, -ˈbərth\

Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead fetus

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The rate per capita in the U.S. is similar, with approximately 65 stillbirths per day. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Australian Boy Who Gave Meghan Markle a Macaroni Necklace Is Now Selling His Pasta Jewelry for Charity," 27 Oct. 2018 Despite the potential risks of in-flight labor, per Shona’s research, there have been no fatalities or stillbirths on board. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 The data included approximately 34 million live births and 200,000 stillbirths. Mark Lieber, CNN, "US stillbirths and newborn deaths down 11.5%, study says," 14 May 2018 Pregnant women who develop influenza have an eight-fold increased risk of complications, including death, as well as complications for the fetus, such as stillbirth. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "No, the Flu Shot Is Not 100 Percent Effective. Yes, You Still Need It," 27 Sep. 2018 Algorithms used by retailers to pinpoint pregnant women and serve them ads can’t be turned off, even after a miscarriage or a stillbirth. Hannah Fry, WSJ, "Don’t Believe the Algorithm," 5 Sep. 2018 From inspecting the tiny skeleton, Dr. Balázs determined the deceased was either a stillbirth or premature baby that died shortly after birth. New York Times, "The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?," 18 May 2018 In California in 2017, there were 30 stillbirths related to congenital syphilis. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "STD rates rise in Sacramento County, following statewide, nationwide trends," 2 July 2018 The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide — the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said. Christopher Weber, USA TODAY, "STDs reach all-time high in California, leading to spike in stillbirths due to syphilis, state health authorities say," 15 May 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead baby


still·​birth | \ ˈstil-ˌbərth, -ˈbərth \

Medical Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead fetus — compare live birth

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