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to arrest prematurely a disease or developmental process; to expel the products of conception before the fetus is viable.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. The expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it is viable.
See also: miscarry.
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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


v. aborted, aborting, aborts
a. To terminate (a pregnancy) by abortion.
b. To cause the expulsion of (an embryo or fetus) by abortion.
c. To undergo the abortion of (an embryo or fetus).
d. To miscarry (an embryo or fetus).
2. To stop the progress of (a disease, for example).
1. To miscarry.
2. To cease growth before full development or maturation.
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1. To give birth to an embryo or fetus before it is viable.
2. To arrest a disease in its earliest stages.
3. To arrest growth or development; to cause to remain rudimentary.
4. To remove products of conception before viability.
[L. aborior, to fail at onset]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. To arrest a disease in its earliest stages.
2. To arrest anything before completion.
[L. aborior, to fail at onset]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about abort

Q. What do you know about abortions? How safe is it, are there pills that you can take to avoid the process?

A. I don't want to start a fight or anything here. Please forgive me for saying this. Consider your life when you have aged to 55 plus. Children to help take care of you, family to be with. Holidays are very lonely without family. Your children may be the only ones who care for you. Life is so much more with family. I wish I had a baby to hold. They are all so precious. I will say no more.

Q. I had an abortion which was unexpected.. Could I be pregnant again? Hello, I got married in Aug 2008, when I was 3 weeks pregnant I had an abortion which was unexpected. This happened 2 months back. Now I am using my rest room more often and I am not convenient with the natural disposes. I don’t know if these symptoms are due to any sickness or due to pregnancy. I took a pregnancy test but it came out negative. Could I be pregnant again?

A. Usually symptoms of pregnancy can’t be noticed until 2 weeks. A pregnancy test will become positive only after 2 weeks even if you are pregnant. I am guessing that you are not pregnant now. Repeating the test in one week might be wise if the symptoms persist. I want to know whether you used some birth control meds. If so plz avoid it. Then it could be possible for your pregnancy again.


A. I would have a difficult time trying to keep on living if I had intentionally ended my child's life. It would haunt me all my days wondering what the child would have been like, thinking about where they ended up in the medical waste can somewhere. I could not go through with any of the procedures mentioned here. What if I were to start having dreams of the child calling out to me in the night? I would never be able to sleep soundly again. How could I face anyone in my family after having done something like this.

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Catholic bishops are of course opposed to the use of cells from aborted fetuses, but archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Gibbs told the Associated Press that the special circumstances in the Georgetown case make the continued use of the cells "consistent with Catholic teaching."
The survey found that about 30 institutions had used cells from aborted fetuses for research purposes, including 5 which had imported the cells.
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A team of Israeli and Dutch scientists found that ovarian tissue from aborted fetuses, when treated with a hormone to stimulate the growth of follicles, survived for a month and that the primordial follicles inside it began to mature into primary and secondary follicles about halfway along the way toward fully mature follicles that could produce fertile eggs.
Seven foetuses used in the study were between 22 and 33 weeks of gestation when they were aborted. The researchers then removed ovary samples and froze them immediately.
Israeli scientists told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, held in Madrid, that they had some preliminary success in growing egg-producing follicles taken from aborted human foetuses.
But there was no question that the cockpit had been rushed, the bad guys tackled, the plane crashed, and the mission aborted.
While few of them might express regret about not having aborted, comparing their rates of depression with those who had aborted or consented to adoption might be revealing.
Now at what stage Allah invests the fetus with a soul to become a human being is crucial to the question as when a fetus can or cannot be aborted. Rogers quotes those scholars who think that the terminal period for aborting a fetus is before and not after it is 120 days old.