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Abortion Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • termination of pregnancy
  • failure of a plan

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • termination of pregnancy ,
  • failure of a plan

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Abortion Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

An abortion is when a pregnancy ends early without the birth of any live children.

A developing human takes about thirty-eight weeks to grow and be born. Normally, this occurs about forty weeks after the mother's last menstrual period. This developing human is called an embryo for the first eight weeks of the pregnancy, and fetus for the rest of the pregnancy.

An abortion takes place when the embryo/fetus is too young and small to survive without its mother. When an abortion occurs naturally, it is often called a miscarriage. Humans can also chose to end the pregnancy before birth takes place. This is called an induced abortion. Often, the term abortion often refers only to an induced abortion.

In both types of abortion, the embryo or fetus usually comes out of the womb. This is called a complete abortion. In some cases, the embryo or fetus remains inside the womb. This is called a missed abortion. Surgery is needed to remove the embryo or fetus from the womb so the woman does not get an infection.

'Abortion' example sentence in quotations

* The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me There is nothing between. - Mother Theresa

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