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From Latin abortiōnem (“miscarriage, abortion”), from aborior (“to miscarry”). Equivalent to abort + -ion. Displaced native Old English ǣwyrp (literally “throwing out, rejection”).
abortion (countable and uncountable, plural abortions)
- (medicine) The expulsion from the womb of a foetus or embryo before it is fully developed, with loss of the foetus; either naturally as a spontaneous abortion (now usually called a miscarriage), or deliberately as an induced abortion. [from 16th c.]
- Mary decided to have an abortion because she was too young to raise a baby.
- 1809, William Nicholson, The British Encyclopaedia, volume IV:
- At any time after impregnation, abortion may take place: it is one of the most common complaints of pregnancy, whence it is a matter of no small consequence that every practitioner should well understand it.
- 1997, Carlin, George, Brain Droppings, New York: Hyperion Books, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, →OL, page 93:
- It is impossible for an abortion clinic to have a waiting list of more than nine months.
- 2017 October 5, Ben Jacobs, The Guardian:
- Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania will resign from Congress after claims that the anti-abortion Republican had urged a woman he was having an extramarital affair with to have an abortion.
- (now rare) An aborted foetus; an abortus. [from 16th c.]
- 1791, James Boswell, Life of Johnson, Oxford, published 2008, page 657:
- ‘It seems too hairy for an abortion, and too small for a mature birth.’
- 1929, Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own:
- The Fascist poem, one may fear, will be a horrid little abortion such as one sees in a glass jar in the museum of some county town.
- (figuratively) A misshapen person or thing; a monstrosity. [from 16th c.]
- 1846, Charles Dickens, chapter 10, in Pictures from Italy:
- Insomuch that I do honestly believe, there can be no place in the world, where such intolerable abortions, begotten of the sculptor’s chisel, are to be found in such profusion, as in Rome.
- 1889, Edward Bellamy, “To Whom This May Come”, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, New York, page 459, column 2:
- His voice was the most pitiable abortion of a voice I had ever heard.
- 2000, Jules, “please dont buy beacon cd”, in alt.fan.allman-brothers (Usenet):
- Dickey on his own manages to turn a simple bo diddley 1-2-3-4 into an absolute abortion of a song.
- 2003, David Kerekes, Headpress 24: Powered by Love, page 133:
- an absolute abortion of a book
- (figuratively) Failure or abandonment of a project, promise, goal etc. [from 17th c.]
- 1800 September 23, Jefferson, Thomas, Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush:
- The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes, & they believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes.
- 2013, Fakhry A. Assaad, James W. LaMoreaux, Travis Hughes, Field Methods for Geologists and Hydrogeologists, →ISBN, page 314:
- The transfer or loss of the project manager before the project is completed will result in lost continuity and delay or the abortion of the project and/or the report.
- 2015, Gabriele Brandstetter, Poetics of Dance: Body, Image, and Space, →ISBN, page 73:
- […] the abrupt abortion of the trip after eleven days.
- (biology) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed. [from 18th c.]
- 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
- accidental abortion
- ampullar abortion
- artificial abortion
- back alley abortion, back-alley abortion
- chemical abortion
- complete abortion
- contagious abortion
- early abortion
- elective abortion
- habitual abortion
- hysterotomy abortion
- imminent abortion
- incomplete abortion
- induced abortion
- inevitable abortion
- infected abortion
- infectious abortion
- instillation abortion
- late-term abortion
- lunchtime abortion
- medical abortion
- nontherapeutic abortion
- overdue abortion
- partial-birth abortion, partial birth abortion
- prolonged abortion
- septic abortion
- spontaneous abortion
- surgical abortion
- therapeutic abortion
- threatened abortion
- tubal abortion
- vacuum aspiration abortion
- abortion ban
- abortion clinic
- abortion mill
- abortion pill
- abortion rights, abortion-rights
- abortion tour
- abortion tourism
- abortion tourist
- anti-abortion, antiabortion
- anti-abortionism, antiabortionism
- anti-abortionist, antiabortionist
- missed abortion
- post-abortion, postabortion
- pre-abortion, preabortion
- pro-abortion, proabortion
miscarriage — See also translations at miscarriage
act of inducing abortion
the foetus produced by abortion
biology: arrest of development of an organ
fruit/produce that doesn't come to maturity
the act of aborting a project, etc
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