Definition of abortifacient in English:


Line breaks: abor¦ti|fa¦cient
Pronunciation: /əˌbɔːtɪˈfeɪʃ(ə)nt


  • (Chiefly of a drug) causing abortion.
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    • Traditional folk medicine offered recipes for abortifacient brews of aloes, pennyroyal, and extracts from wild juniper bushes that so poisoned or irritated the system that miscarriages occurred as a side effect.
    • It's an essay that suggests that it's unethical to use oral contraceptives because of their abortifacient properties.
    • Large doses of ashwagandha may possess abortifacient properties so that it should not be taken during pregnancy unless under the direction of an experienced health professional.


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  • An abortifacient drug.
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    • She's worried that his anti-abortion stance will endanger the future availability of abortifacients as over the counter medication, and the future of RU - 486 to be used for other purposes.
    • Wertheimer acknowledges this in the statement, ‘Some individuals may consider these hormones to be abortifacients if they interfere with implantation.’
    • In pre-revolutionary Vietnam, knowledge of abortifacients did exist, but historical sources indicate that induced abortion was considered an immoral act.

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