birth control


noun

regulation of the number of children born through the deliberate control or prevention of conception.Compare family planning(def 1).

Origin of birth control

An Americanism dating back to 1914
Related formspro·birth-con·trol, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for birth control

birth control

noun

limitation of child-bearing by means of contraceptionSee also family planning
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Medicine definitions for birth control

birth control

n.

Voluntary limitation or control of the number of children conceived, especially by planned use of contraceptive techniques.
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Science definitions for birth control

birth control

Planned interference with conception in order to control the number of offspring born. Birth control techniques include drugs containing hormones, the diaphragm, and the intrauterine device.
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Culture definitions for birth control

birth control

The practice of preventing conception to limit the number of births. (See contraception, family planning, population control, and Margaret Sanger.)

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