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

Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead fetus

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But the infection can still cause serious side effects, including miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening illness in the newborn. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Avocados Recalled in 6 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 An infection during pregnancy can have really serious consequences: miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or possibly a serious infection for newborns. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "An Avocado Recall Has Been Issued After Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 What's worse, that same recent report from the CDC highlights an association between opioid exposure and pre-term labor, stillbirth, even maternal mortality. . Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce stillbirth (audio) \

Medical Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead fetus — compare live birth

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