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 In pregnant people, the infection may only cause flulike symptoms and fever, the CDC says, but invasive listeriosis can cause miscarriages, stillbirth, and other pregnancy complications. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Trader Joe’s Edamame Recalled in 4 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 18 Dec. 2020 Becker has been held on $2 million bail since the stillbirth, the AP reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "California court rules meth-using mom can face murder charge in baby's stillborn death," 25 Dec. 2020 The woman, Chelsea Becker of Hanford, was 8½ months pregnant at the time of the stillbirth in September 2019. Bob Egelko,, "Court refuses to bar woman’s murder prosecution for death of fetus, a loss for Becerra," 23 Dec. 2020 Since 2003, there have been about 26,000 stillbirth deaths nationally per year. Washington Post, "‘We will always love you’: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend share pregnancy loss of couple’s third child," 1 Oct. 2020 In the case of Latice Fisher, a Black, thirty-two-year-old mother of three who was arrested in Mississippi after having a stillbirth at home in 2017, an autopsy report determined that her baby had been born alive and had died of asphyxiation. Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Criminalizing a Constitutional Right," 4 Nov. 2020 How low is the spending on research into the stillbirth of children compared to other causes of infant death? Laura Johnston, cleveland, "If you get indicted for trying to vote twice, can you use President Donald Trump as your defense? This Week in the CLE," 9 Sep. 2020 Sophie King, a specialist midwife at Tommy’s, one of the world’s largest charities funding research into miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth, tells that the impact of Meghan’s editorial is already being felt by many. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Meghan’s Essay on Miscarriage Grief Is Challenging the Dated Stigma Around Baby Loss," 25 Nov. 2020 Nationally, Black women are also three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women, and are more likely to experience miscarriage and stillbirth. Jaenique Hurlock, National Geographic, "Black mothers grieve the babies they lost—and help more survive their first year," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of stillbirth

1880, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Stillbirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead baby


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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