Abortion

Noun

  • (figuratively) Failure of a promise or a goal. [First attested in the early 18th century.]
  • (chiefly art) Something ugly, an artistic atrocity.
  • The act of aborting (an undertaking, such as a project or trip).
  • (still current) an induced abortion. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  • A monstrosity; a misshapen person. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  • Any fruit or produce which is interrupted in its progress before it is matured or perfect; an idea, project, or anything that does not come to maturity.
  • An unpleasant or poorly executed idea or project.
  • (medicine or dated) a miscarriage. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  • (dated) The immature product of an untimely birth. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  • (biology) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
  • The cessation of an illness or disease at a very early stage.
  • (medicine or dated) The cessation of pregnancy or fetal development: [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  • The act of inducing the cessation of pregnancy. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]

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