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contraception

[kon-truh-sep-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control.
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Origin of contraception

First recorded in 1885–90; contra-1 + (con)ception
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contraceptive, abstinence, abortion, condom, pill, diaphragm, vasectomy, rubber, safety, IUD, contraception

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British Dictionary definitions for contraception

contraception

noun
  1. the intentional prevention of conception by artificial or natural means. Artificial methods in common use include preventing the sperm from reaching the ovum (using condoms, diaphragms, etc), inhibiting ovulation (using oral contraceptive pills), preventing implantation (using intrauterine devices), killing the sperm (using spermicides), and preventing the sperm from entering the seminal fluid (by vasectomy). Natural methods include the rhythm method and coitus interruptusCompare birth control, family planning
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Word Origin for contraception

C19: from contra- + conception
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Word Origin and History for contraception

n.

"birth control," coined 1886 from Latin contra (see contra) + ending from conception.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

contraception in Medicine

contraception

(kŏn′trə-sĕpshən)
n.
  1. Intentional prevention of conception or impregnation through the use of various devices, agents, drugs, sexual practices, or surgical procedures.
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contraception in Culture

contraception

Any practice that serves to prevent conception during sexual activity.

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