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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abortion  \A*bor"tion\  ([.a]*b[^o]r"sh[u^]n),  n.  [L.  abortio,  fr 
  aboriri  See  {Abort}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  giving  premature  birth;  particularly,  the 
  expulsion  of  the  human  fetus  prematurely,  or  before  it  is 
  capable  of  sustaining  life;  miscarriage. 
 
  Note:  It  is  sometimes  used  for  the  offense  of  procuring  a 
  premature  delivery,  but  strictly  the  early  delivery  is 
  the  abortion,  ``causing  or  procuring  abortion''  is  the 
  full  name  of  the  offense.  --Abbott. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abortion 
  n  1:  termination  of  pregnancy 
  2:  failure  of  a  plan  [syn:  {miscarriage}] 




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