birth-control pill

[ burth-kuh n-trohl ]
/ ˈbɜrθ kənˌtroʊl /


an oral contraceptive for women, containing the hormones estrogen and progesterone or progesterone alone, that inhibits ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized ovum, causing temporary infertility.

Nearby words

  1. birth pangs,
  2. birth parent,
  3. birth rate,
  4. birth trauma,
  5. birth weight,
  6. birthdate,
  7. birthday,
  8. birthday honours,
  9. birthday suit,
  10. birther

Origin of birth-control pill

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for birth control pill

birth control pill


oral contraceptive

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