medical abortion

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medical abortion

The use of medication—as opposed to surgery—to terminate pregnancy. Medical abortions are 95% effective up to 11 weeks from last menstrual period, but may cause significant bleeding and thus must be done in or near a hospital.

Agents used
Mifepristone (orally) and/or misoprostol (vaginally).

Adverse effects
Nausea, vomiting, heavy bleeding.
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medical abortion

Obstetrics An elective nonoperative abortion effected in the 1st trimester by abortifacients. See Abortion.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

medical abortion

Abortion induced with a drug or drugs, e.g., the combination of mifepristone and a prostaglandin
See also: abortion
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