Definition of abortion in English:


Line breaks: abor|tion
Pronunciation: /əˈbɔːʃ(ə)n


  • 1 [mass noun] The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks: concerns such as abortion and euthanasia [count noun]: illegal abortions
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    • She wished to end her pregnancy, but abortion was illegal in Texas except in cases of extreme danger to the mother.
    • The Institute has also argued against abortion, euthanasia and human cloning.
    • Let us keep the backyard abortionist out and legalised abortion in as a human right.
    termination, miscarriage
    rare feticide
  • 1.1The expulsion of a fetus from the womb by natural causes before it is able to survive independently.
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    • Higher amounts of caffeine may be associated with increased rates of abortion and low birth weight.
    • This may result in abortion, premature delivery or Congenital Rubella Syndrome.
    • Abortion in a previous pregnancy predisposes to further abortions or stillbirths in subsequent pregnancies.
  • 1.2 Biology The arrest of the development of a seed, fruit, or other organ.
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    • Moreover, we did not observe increased levels of seed or ovule abortion in any seth mutants.
    • High temperature conditions commonly cause flower abscission and seed abortion because of pollination failure.
    • In cucumber, a correlation between fruit abortion and vegetative growth rate was also observed.
  • 2An object or undertaking that is unpleasant or badly made or carried out.
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    • He didn't bring up one single argument in respect to the abortion of a budget that was tabled this year.
    • My introduction to advertising came to consist of thinking up such abortions as banana creme topping.


mid 16th century: from Latin abortio(n-), from aboriri 'miscarry' (see abort).

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