Origin of stillbirth

First recorded in 1745–55; still1 + birth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for stillbirth


  1. birth of a dead fetus or baby
  2. a stillborn fetus or baby
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Word Origin and History for stillbirth

1785, from still (adj.) + birth (n.).

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stillbirth in Medicine


  1. The birth of a dead child or fetus.
  2. A child or fetus dead at birth.
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stillbirth in Culture


The birth of a fetus that has died; particularly, birth of a fetus that has died in the uterus at a stage in development when an infant could survive on its own if born healthy.

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