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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun abortion:

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Definition of the noun abortion

What does abortion mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abortions

  1. termination of pregnancy
  2. failure of a plan
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of abortion: miscarriage
    • more generic word: failure = an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

Alternative definition of the noun abortion


  1. [medicine or dated] The cessation of pregnancy or fetal development; a miscarriage.
  2. An induced abortion.
  3. The act of inducing abortion.
  4. [dated] The immature product of an untimely birth.
  5. [biology] Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.
  6. Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which is interrupted in its progress before it is matured or perfect.
  7. The act of aborting a project, a mission, etc, before it is completed.
  8. [arts] Something ugly, an artistic atrocity.


Abortion is a musical group.

  • albums: "Have a Nice Day", "The Gonzo Music", "Murdured Culture", "Gonna Be Worse", "The Truth Hurts", "Sense of Humor"


Who is Abortion?

Abortion a.k.a. Raphael Edem Avornyo is a singer.


  1. "Abortion" is a book by Laurence Tribe.
    • also known as "Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes"
    • subjects: Family, Marriage, Family planning, Social science, United States of America
  2. "Abortion" is a book by Tamara L Roleff.
    • subject: Abortion


Abortion is the ending of pregnancy by the removal or forcing out from the womb of a fetus or embryo before it is able to survive on its own. An abortion can occur spontaneously, in which case it is often called a miscarriage. It can also be purposely caused in which case it is known as an induced abortion. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy. The similar procedure after the fetus may be able to survive on its own is medically known as a "late termination of pregnancy".

  • also known as Therapeutic Abortion

Phrases with Abortion

Phrases starting with the word Abortion:

  1. abortion pill
  2. abortion-inducing drug

Phrases ending with the word Abortion:

  1. induced abortion
  2. partial abortion
  3. Chemical Abortion
  4. habitual abortion
  5. imminent abortion
  6. contagious abortion
  7. incomplete abortion
  8. threatened abortion
  9. spontaneous abortion
  10. therapeutic abortion
  11. Partial-Birth Abortion

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abortion

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Google previewIs My Teenager Ok? (2004)

A Parent's All-In-One Guide to the Emotional Problems of Today's Teens by Henry A. Paul

ABORTION is an extremely emotion-laden issue for the pregnant teenager, the biological father of the fetus, and family members. The decision to have an abortion is a complex one and involves many emotions, including anxiety, guilt, shame, ...

Google previewSwanson's Family Medicine Review (2012)

by Alfred F. Tallia, Joseph E. Scherger, Nancy Dickey

Threatened abortion is any vaginal bleeding through a closed cervical os. Inevitable abortion involves...

Missed abortion is the retention of all products of conception after the death of the fetus and is usually asymptomatic. a. 2. d. There is no ...

Google previewFetal and Neonatal Pathology (2013)

by Jean W. Keeling

Missed abortion refers to those pregnancies where the fetus has died in utero, without a defined time-span although older...

It has been said that missed abortion is a poor descriptive term and that the term “intrauterine death at x weeks” is a...

Incidence Spontaneous abortion is the most common complication of pregnancy.

Google previewAllergies & Asthma (2014)

by Jean Ford

An INDUCED abortion is a medical procedure done by choice to interrupt an unwanted pregnancy. A doctor or other trained health care professional usually performs an abortion in a clinic or a hospital. Removing the embryo or fetus from the ...

Google previewPathology of the Human Embryo and Previable Fetus (2013)

An Atlas by Dagmar K. Kalousek, Naomi Fitch, Barbara A. Paradice

An incomplete abortion means that some of the presumably dead conceptus has not yet passed; if a dead conceptus is retained for at least four...

The late spontaneous abortion refers to death in the 9th to 18th week of fetal development .

Google previewThe Last Freedom (2009)

Religion from the Public School to the Public Square by Joseph P. Viteritti

This announcement disturbed leaders in the Catholic Church, who believe that abortion is the taking of an innocent life.

Google previewContraception (2013)

Science and Practice by Marcus Filshie, John Guillebaud

Filshie Introduction Abortion is a universal phenomenon which has been recorded since ancient times and in all levels of society. It may be defined as the loss of a pregnancy before the 28th week of intrauterine life as calculated by ...

Google previewWavelength One (2011)

A Physics/Metaphysics Translation of Biblical Phenomena by Carlis Vernon

The abortion is the sacrifice to the greaterproblem of conspiracy,oraction with intent to violate thespecific principle of existence and ...

Google previewReproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings (2014)

by Carole Joffe, Jennifer Reich

The one historical constant about abortion is that whether legal or not, controversial or not, women have always sought...

Google previewIt's Perfectly Normal (2014)

Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris

abortion is a medical procedure performed for the purpose of ending a pregnancy. Some pregnant females choose to have abortions. People's feelings about having abortions are not always simple, however, and can range from relief to ...

Google previewThe Abortion Debate in the World Arena (1999)

by Andrzej Kulczycki

Moreover, abortion is an extremely personal topic, made even more difficult to study and to discuss because it is illegal in...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Methodism (2005)

by Charles Yrigoyen Jr., Susan E. Warrick

The Dictionary _A_ ABORTION refers to stopping human fetal development. This stoppage may occur naturally (spontaneous abortion, miscarriage), or it may be induced. Throughout history, induced abortion has been practiced, often by ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2002)

by David Robertson

Abortion is a politically controversial issue in many Western countries, mainly because it clashes with some Christian...

In the past, by contrast, some communist societies had made abortion so easy that, in the Soviet Union, for example, it was ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

Abortion is a politically controversial issue in many Western countries, mainly because it clashes with some Christian...

In the past, by contrast, some communist societies had made abortion so easy that, in the Soviet Union, for example, it was ...

Google previewPocket Dictionary of Ethics (2010)

Over 300 Terms & Ideas Clearly & Concisely Defined by Stanley J. Grenz, Jay T. Smith

abortion. Any medical procedure that terminates the life of the human fetus prior to birth. Abortion loomed as one of the central ethical issues in the church and * society in the final four decades of the twentieth century. Connected to the ...

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Quotes about Abortion

Too many people use abortion as a form of birth control. And that's very wrong. I could never, ever have an abortion. (Brooke Shields)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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