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abort

Pronunciation: ă-bōrt′

Definition:

  1. The expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it is viable.
  2. The removal of the products of conception prematurely.
  3. To arrest a disease in its earliest stages.
  4. To arrest any action or process before its normal completion.

[L. aborior, to fail at onset]

See Also: miscarry

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