still·​born | \ ˈstil-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \

Definition of stillborn

1 : dead at birth
2 : failing from the start : abortive, unsuccessful a stillborn venture

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stillborn \ ˈstil-​ˌbȯrn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \ noun

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High blood pressure raises the risk of complications such as stroke, kidney failure, and stillborn or infant death. Dr. Tara Narula, CBS News, "Cases of high blood pressure during pregnancy have increased dramatically, study finds," 9 Sep. 2019 Around two in five sets of craniopagus twins are stillborn or die during labor, while a third more do not survive the first 24 hours. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Sisters conjoined at the head are separated after 50 hours of surgery," 16 July 2019 Richardson’s family and her attorneys say the baby was stillborn. Keith Bierygolick,, "Skylar Richardson: What you need to know as trial starts for former cheerleader charged in buried baby case," 2 Sep. 2019 An Arkansas woman was arrested more than a month after the bodies of stillborn twins were discovered in a suitcase along a road, PEOPLE confirms. Greg Hanlon,, "Stillborn Twins Found in Suitcase Along Arkansas Road, Woman Arrested," 23 Mar. 2018 Defense lawyers said the baby was stillborn and argued she was manipulated by police into a confession, the Enquirer reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Young Ohio mother found not guilty of killing newborn child," 13 Sep. 2019 The case began to unfold in July 2017, when a doctor told police that Richardson may have delivered a stillborn baby. Steve Helling,, "Ohio Cheerleader Allegedly Searched Online for 'How Do I Get Rid of a Baby' Before Killing Newborn," 4 Sep. 2019 Richardson’s attorneys have said the baby was stillborn and that the then-teen was sad and frightened. Dan Sewell,, "Efforts to seat jury set to begin in newborn killing case," 2 Sep. 2019 With his worries amplified by recent Russian pressure to put in place the stillborn union state, Mr. Lukashenko has now started trumpeting his country’s ancient roots. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "As Putin Pushes a Merger, Belarus Resists With Language, Culture and History," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of stillborn

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stillborn

of a baby : dead at birth
: never able to begin operating or proceeding


still·​born | \ -ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \

Medical Definition of stillborn

: dead at birth — compare live-born

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stillborn \ -​ˌbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \ noun

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