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Meaning of ABORTION

Pronunciation:  u'borshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  termination of pregnancy
  2. [n]  failure of a plan

ABORTION is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: miscarriage
 See Also: conclusion, ending, failure, induced abortion, miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, termination



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*bor"tion\ ([.a]*b[^o]r"sh[u^]n), n. [L. abortio, fr.
aboriri. See {Abort}.]
1. The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the
   expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is
   capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.

Note: It is sometimes used for the offense of procuring a
      premature delivery, but strictly the early delivery is
      the abortion, ``causing or procuring abortion'' is the
      full name of the offense. --Abbott.

2. The immature product of an untimely birth.

3. (Biol.) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it
   remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.

4. Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or
   anything which in its progress, before it is matured or
   perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Expulsion or extraction of the fetus from the womb before it is viable, usually before the 20th week of gestation.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The expulsion or removal of an embryo or fetus from the mother prematurely; this can be done as an artificial procedure, but it often happens naturally when the mother's body expels the embryo/fetus because it has died, has genetic or developmental defects, or because of infection or illness in the mother. Natural abortions are typically called "miscarriages". Medically-induced abortions, which can be completed with surgery or with hormone drugs, are done because the embryo/fetus is unwanted, deformed, not likely to live, or endangers the mother's life or health.