abortion

[ uh-bawr-shuh n ]
/ əˈbɔr ʃən /

noun

Origin of abortion

First recorded in 1540–50, abortion is from the Latin word abortiōn- (stem of abortiō). See abort, -ion

Related forms

post·a·bor·tion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for abortion

abortion

/ (əˈbɔːʃən) /

noun

an operation or other procedure to terminate pregnancy before the fetus is viable
the premature termination of pregnancy by spontaneous or induced expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus
the products of abortion; an aborted fetus
the arrest of development of an organ
a failure to develop to completion or maturitythe project proved an abortion
a person or thing that is deformed

Derived Forms

abortional, adjective
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Medicine definitions for abortion

abortion

[ ə-bôrshən ]

n.

Induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the fetus or embryo; therapeutic abortion.
Any of various procedures that result in such a termination of pregnancy.
Spontaneous abortion.
Cessation of a normal or abnormal process before completion.
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Science definitions for abortion

abortion

[ ə-bôrshən ]

Induced termination of pregnancy, involving destruction of the embryo or fetus.
Any of various procedures that result in such termination.
Spontaneous abortion; miscarriage.
Cessation of a normal or abnormal process before completion.
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Culture definitions for abortion (1 of 2)

abortion


The deliberate termination of a pregnancy, usually before the embryo or fetus is capable of independent life. In medical contexts, this procedure is called an induced abortion and is distinguished from a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or stillbirth.

Note

Abortion laws are extremely controversial. Those who describe themselves as “pro-choice” believe that the decision to have an abortion should be left to the mother. In contrast, the “pro-life” faction, arguing that abortion is killing, holds that the state should prohibit abortion in most cases. Feminists (see feminism) (see also feminism) and liberals generally support the pro-choice side; Roman Catholics and Protestant fundamentalists generally back the pro-life side. (See Roe versus Wade.)

Culture definitions for abortion (2 of 2)

abortion


The ending of pregnancy and expulsion of the embryo or fetus, generally before the embryo or fetus is capable of surviving on its own. Abortion may be brought on intentionally by artificial means (induced abortion) or may occur naturally (spontaneous abortion, which is commonly referred to as a miscarriage). (Compare stillbirth; see also family planning and population control.)

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