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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 encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Abortion

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Google previewICD-10-CM/PCS Coding: Theory and Practice, 2017 Edition (2016)

by Karla R. Lovaasen

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by natural causes or medical intervention.

Google previewSex-selective abortion. Why it should be prohibited (2016)

by Kamalesh Dey

Abortion refers to the abolition of a foetus or embryo from uterus just before stage of viability.

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 previewA Synoptical Guide to the Study of Obstetrics (1883)

Being an Aid to the Student in the Class-room, in Private Study and in Preparing for Examinations by Robert Barnes

Abortion is an accident of many of the diseases of gestation. Three factors...

Abortion means the arrest of gestation at a stage antecedent to the viability of the embryo. Abortion is...

Abortion is the scientific equivalent of the vulgar miscarriage.

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 previewWhat's Good on TV? (2011)

Understanding Ethics Through Television by Jamie Carlin Watson, Robert Arp

Abortion is an intentional killing. 5.Killing a mosquito is an intentional killing. 3.

Google previewMedical Terminology For Dummies (2015)

by Beverley Henderson, Jennifer Lee Dorsey

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the embryo or the fetus is able to exist on its own.

A therapeutic or induced abortion is a deliberate termination of pregnancy and is most commonly performed during the first trimester ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religion and Society (1998)

by William H. Swatos, Peter Kivisto

AA see Alcoholics Anonymous AAR see American Academy of Religion ABORTION In current usage: the practice of intentionally terminating a pregnancy prior to childbirth; historically, any termination of pregnancy prior to childbirth. Abortion ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World (2001)

by Joyce E. Salisbury

Abortion Our oldest records indicate that the practice of inducing abortions was used throughout the an- cient world. There were many methods for inducing abortions, from surgery to irritating the cervix to taking abortifacient herbs.

Google previewHistorical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States (2002)

by Judith A. Baer

Abortion Self-Help 19 Act (FACE) in May 1994. FACE forbids the use of "force, threat of force or physical obstruction" by anyone attempting to prevent someone from providing or receiving any kind of reproductive health services. It also gives ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Evangelicalism (2002)

by Randall Herbert Balmer

Abortion avenues of resistance, especially the Underground Railroad. As the chasm between North and South widened over the issue of slavery, Protestant denominations divided in anticipation of the Civil War. The *SOUTH- ERN BAPTIST ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Rape (2004)

by Merril D. Smith

ABORTION findings, or simply modified traditional views, to insist some measure of female consent and pleasure was essential to pregnancy. In the colonial era and beyond, women turned to an array of means to end conception and restore ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology (2003)

by Thomas H. Ollendick, Carolyn S. Schroeder

Adolescent Abortion 12 Substance abuse is another problem that can lead to juvenile delinquency. Almost all adolescents have been exposed to illicit drugs. However, for some adolescents, drug experimentation can lead to substance abuse, ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites (2010)

by Donald B. Kraybill

Aboriginal Anabaptists See Native American Anabaptists Abortion Among traditional groups, abortion is considered a serious moral sin. Children are highly desired and welcomed as gifts from God to be cherished and nurtured in the ways of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Social Movements (2015)

by Immanuel Ness

The ability to freely make these decisions and have significant control over reproduction has been the driving force behind what has come to be known as the abortion rights movement. Although Roe v. Wade (1973) is often thought of as the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of White Power (2000)

A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right by Jeffrey Kaplan

A majority, in the Right Wing oriented racialist movement, rightly perceive massive abortion as further impacting the survival of the White race. Unfortunately, this position is more tied to those with a religious position, usually Christians.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Islam (2009)

by Juan Eduardo Campo

Abortion is a human intervention to end a pregnancy prior to birth. Although people living in many different societies throughout history have practiced it, abortion has caused considerable reflection and debate about its ethical, legal, religious, ...

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If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. (Florynce Kennedy)
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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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