synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of abortion in English

English Online Dictionary. What means abortion‎? What does abortion mean?

From Latin abortiōnem (miscarriage, abortion), from aborior (to miscarry). Equivalent to abort +‎ -ion. Displaced native Old English ǣwyrp (literally throwing out, rejection).

  • (US) enPR: əʹbôrshən, IPA(key): /əˈbɔɹ.ʃn̩/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)ʃən

abortion (countable and uncountable, plural abortions)

  1. (medicine) The expulsion from the womb of a foetus or embryo before it is fully developed, with loss of the foetus.[from 16th c.]
    1. A spontaneous abortion; a miscarriage.
    2. An induced abortion.
  2. (now rare) An aborted foetus; an abortus. [from 16th c.]
  3. (figuratively) A misshapen person or thing; a monstrosity. [from 16th c.]
  4. (figuratively) Failure or abandonment of a project, promise, goal etc. [from 17th c.]
  5. (biology) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed. [from 18th c.]
  6. The cessation of an illness or disease at a very early stage.
  • abort (obsolete), abortus
  • (induced abortion): aborticide, feticide, foeticide, termination (of pregnancy)
  • (act of terminating pregnancy): aborticide, embryoctony, feticide, foeticide, termination (of pregnancy)
  • (spontaneous abortion): miscarriage, misbirth
  • abortion on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • boration, orbation, rainboot

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