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[uh-bawr-tuh s]
noun, plural a·bor·tus·es. Medicine/Medical.
  1. immature placental or fetal tissue prematurely passed or curetted.
  2. an aborted fetus.
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Origin of abortus

< New Latin, Latin: miscarriage, equivalent to abor(īrī) to miscarry (see abort) + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for abortus

Historical Examples

  • We have therefore suggested the name Bacillus (or Bacterium) abortus, Bang, for this organism.

    Contagious Abortion of Cows

    Ward J. MacNeal

  • The term "abortus," being in the genitive case, may be employed with either generic term.

abortus in Medicine


  1. The product or products of an abortion.
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