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Definition of Abortion

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premature termination of a pregnancy, miscarriage (caused by natural or artificial means); failure; premature termination (of a project, etc.); failure to develop (Biology)
Abortion Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The immature product of an untimely birth.
The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.
Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\a*bor"tion\ (&adot;*bôr"shŭn), n. [l. abortio, fr. aboriri. see abort.]
1. the act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.
note: it is sometimes used for the offense of procuring a premature delivery, but strictly the early delivery is the abortion, "causing or procuring abortion" is the full name of the offense.
2. the immature product of an untimely birth.
3. (biol.) arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.
4. 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.

  similar words(7) 

 therapeutic abortion 
 imminent abortion 
 partial abortion 
 threatened abortion 
 spontaneous abortion 
 incomplete abortion 
 induced abortion 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Erthyl = n. an abortion, untimely birth
Erthyliad = n. abortion
Meth = n. a miss, abortion
WordNet 2.0

1. termination of pregnancy
(hypernym) termination, ending, conclusion
(hyponym) spontaneous abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth
(derivation) abort
2. failure of a plan
(synonym) miscarriage
(hypernym) failure
(derivation) abort
Abortion Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
For a woman to dream that she assents to abortion being committed on her, is a warning that she is contemplating some enterprise which if carried out will steep her in disgrace and unhappiness.

For a doctor to dream that he is a party to an abortion, foretells that his practice will suffer from his inattention to duty, which will cause much trouble.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Abortion Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo before viability. An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is often called a miscarriage, or it can be purposely induced. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy. After viability, the relevant procedure is referred to as a "late termination of pregnancy". Modern medicine utilizes medications and surgical procedures for induced abortion.

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Abortion Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
The expulsion of the foetus before the seventh mouth of utero-gestation, or before it is viable.

The causes of this accident are referable either to the mother, or to the foetus and its dependencies. The causes in the mother may be: extreme nervous susceptibility, great debility, plethora, faulty conformation, and the like; and it is frequently induced immediately by intense mental emotion. The causes seated in the foetus are its death, rupture of the membranes.

It most frequently occurs between the 8th and 12th weeks of gestation. When abortion is produced with a malicious design, it becomes a misdemeanor, at common law and the party causing it may be indicted and punished.

The criminal means resorted to for the purpose of destroying the foetus, may be divided into general and local. To the first belong venesection, emetics, cathartics diuretics, emmenagogues. The second embraces all kinds of violence directly applied.

When, in consequence of the means used to produce abortion, the death of the woman ensues, the crime is murder.

By statute a distinction is made between a woman quick with child, and one who, though pregnant, is not so. Physiologists, perhaps with reason, think that the child is a living being from the moment of conception.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
The premature termination of a pregnancy; may be either spontaneous(miscarriage) or induced. A woman enjoys a constitutional right to have anabortion during the first trimester of her pregnancy. During the secondtrimester, however, the state may regulate the abortion procedure, and duringthe third trimester the state may even proscribe abortion except wheremedically necessary to preserve the health of the mother.
Abortion Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries

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Abortion Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Abortion The destruction of the fetus in the uterus. The issues involved in the act are more vital and far-reaching than is generally suspected. Blavatsky in classifying feticide as unjustifiable murder, says: "yet it is neither from the standpoint of law, nor from any argument drawn from one or another orthodox ism that the warning voice is sent forth against the immoral and dangerous practice, but rather in occult philosophy both physiology and psychology show the disastrous consequence. . . . For, indeed, when even successful and the mother does not die just then, it still shortens her life on earth to prolong it with dreary percentage in Kamaloka, the intermediate sphere between the earth and the region of rest, . . . a necessary halting place in the evolution of the degree of life. The crime committed lies precisely in the wilful and sinful destruction of life, and interference with the operations of nature, hence -- with Karma -- that of the mother and the would-be future human being. The sin is not regarded by theosophists as one of a religious character, . . . But foeticide is a crime against nature" (BCW 5:107-8).
Abortion Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
situation where an unborn baby leaves the womb before the end of pregnancy, especially during the first twenty-eight weeks of pregnancy when it is not likely to survive birth
to have an abortion = to have an operation to make a fetus leave the womb during the first period of pregnancy; the girl asked the clinic if she could have an abortion; she had two abortions before her first child was born
complete abortion = abortion where the whole contents of the uterus are expelled
criminal abortion or illegal abortion = abortion which is carried out illegally
habitual abortion or recurrent abortion = condition where a woman has several abortions with successive pregnancies
incomplete abortion = abortion where part of the contents of the uterus is not expelled
induced abortion = abortion which is produced by drugs or by surgery
legal abortion = abortion which is carried out legally
spontaneous abortion = MISCARRIAGE
therapeutic abortion = abortion which is carried out because the health of the mother is in danger
threatened abortion = possible abortion in the early stages of pregnancy, indicated by bleeding
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