Definitions for abortionəˈbɔr ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bor•tionəˈbɔr ʃən(n.)

  1. the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.

    Category: Medicine

  2. any of various procedures for terminating a pregnancy.

    Category: Surgery

  3. Category: Medicine, Pathology

    Ref: Also called spontaneous abortion.; miscarriage (def. 1). 1

  4. an immature and nonviable fetus.

    Category: Pathology

  5. a malformed or monstrous person or thing.

    Category: Pathology

  6. the arrested development of an embryo or an organ at a more or less early stage.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  7. the stopping of an illness, infection, etc., at a very early stage.

    Category: Medicine

  8. anything that fails to develop, progress, or mature.

    Category: Informal

Origin of abortion:

1540–50; < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abortion(noun)

    termination of pregnancy

  2. miscarriage, abortion(noun)

    failure of a plan

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. abortion(noun)əˈbɔr ʃən

    the ending of a pregnancy; = termination

    to have an abortion; the campaign against abortion


  1. abortion(Noun)

    The cessation of pregnancy or fetal development:

  2. abortion(Noun)

    The immature product of an untimely birth.

  3. abortion(Noun)

    Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.

  4. abortion(Noun)

    Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which is interrupted in its progress before it is matured or perfect.

  5. abortion(Noun)

    The act of aborting a project, a mission, etc, before it is completed.

  6. abortion(Noun)

    Something ugly, an artistic atrocity;.

  7. abortion(Noun)

    A monstrosity; a misshapen person.

  8. Origin: First attested in 1547, from abortio, from aborior. See abort for more.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abortion(noun)

    the act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage

  2. Abortion(noun)

    the immature product of an untimely birth

  3. Abortion(noun)

    arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed

  4. Abortion(noun)

    any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which in its progress, before it is matured or perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an abortion

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abortion' in Nouns Frequency: #2289

Anagrams of abortion

  1. boration

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