- 1Carry out or undergo the abortion of (a fetus): Louisiana allows women to abort an embryo up to 12 weeks old [no object]: the right to abort must remain a key element of a woman’s ‘reproductive rights’More example sentences
- Most trisomy fetuses are spontaneously aborted.
- Scientists were harvesting these stem cells from embryos left over from IVF treatments or using aborted embryos.
- A suit of this kind, considered a case of ‘wrongful birth,’ assumes that the obstetrician's negligence denied the parents the option of aborting a defective fetus.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a pregnant woman or female animal) have a miscarriage, with loss of the fetus: an organism that infects sheep and can cause pregnant ewes to abortMore example sentences
- If an ultrasound reveals that a fetus is female, the woman may abort.
- Many of these women aborted not to please themselves, but to preserve relationships: with their mothers, with their families in general, with their boyfriends.
- But most of all, what stood out was the fact that these women aborted to preserve relationships.
- 1.2 [no object] Biology (Of an embryonic organ or organism) remain undeveloped; fail to mature.More example sentences
- If endosperm cell division is halted at an early stage, kernels abort and fail to set seed.
- Pistils aborting prior to silique formation are indicated with arrows.
- However, in the inbred line 66% of second-ear branches aborted, and no plants had more than two mature ears.
- 2Bring to a premature end because of a problem or fault: the flight crew aborted the take-offMore example sentences
halt, stop, end, call off, cut short, discontinue, terminate, arrest, suspend, check, nullifyfail, come to a halt, end, terminate, miscarry, go wrong, not succeed, fall through, break down, be frustrated, collapse, founder, come to grief, fizzle out, flop
- If a small bird makes a dent in a plane in flight, the pilot may abort the flight and bring the aircraft back for inspection.
- The MyTravel pilot aborted take-off and performed an emergency stop of his Airbus A321 craft.
- Hundreds of passengers were on board and only the quick reactions of one of the pilots, who aborted his take-off after reaching more than 115 mph, averted disaster.
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- 1An act of aborting a flight, space mission, or other enterprise: an abort because of bad weatherMore example sentences
- Because of bad timing and aborts, squadrons couldn't find each other.
- A mission abort was a serious issue and considered unacceptable.
- Prognostics capability will make it possible to replace about-to-fail parts before they fail, reducing system failures, in-flight aborts, and aircraft accidents.
- 1.1An aborted enterprise: I’ve wasted almost a year on an abortMore example sentences
- He had told him to be five minutes early and if Smolensk failed to show up, that would count as an abort.
mid 16th century: from Latin aboriri 'miscarry', from ab- 'away, from' + oriri 'be born'.