Abortive

Adjective

  • (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]

    "an abortive stamen"

  • (medicine) Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).

    "abortive treatment of typhoid fever"

  • (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]

    "an abortive organ"

  • (medicine, rare, attributive) Causing abortion; abortifacient

    "abortive medicines"

  • Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

    "an abortive attempt"

  • (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]

    "an abortive ovule"

  • Made from the skin of a still-born animal.

    "abortive vellum"

  • (obsolete) Produced by abortion; born prematurely. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]

    "an abortive child"

Noun

  • (obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue. [Attested from the early 17th century until the early 18th century.]
  • (obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the mid 18th century.]
  • (obsolete) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.

Verb

  • (transitive, obsolete) To cause an abortion; to render without fruit. [Attested only in the 17th century.]

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