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abortifacient

 [ah-bor″tĭ-fa´shent]
1. causing abortion.
2. an agent that induces abortion.

a·bor·ti·fa·cient

(ă-bōr-ti-fā'shent), Avoid the misspelling abortefacient.
1. Producing abortion. Synonym(s): aborticide, abortient, abortigenic, abortive (3)
2. An agent that produces abortion.
[L. abortus, abortion, + facio, to make]

abortifacient

(ə-bôr′tə-fā′shənt)
adj.
Causing abortion.
n.
A substance or device used to induce abortion.

Abortifacient

A drug, herb, chemical or other substance that dilates the cervix and causes the uterus to contract, resulting in spontaneous termination of pregnancy.
Fringe obstetrics A potentially toxic herb—e.g., pennyroyal, black cohosh, blue cohosh, parsley, and tansy, which evoke spontaneous abortion
Pharmacology An agent that induces the expulsion of an embryo or fetus, e.g., prostaglandin E1 analogues—misoprostol, gemeprost

abortifacient

Pharmacology An agent that induces the expulsion of an embryo or fetus; a drug, herb other chemical that dilates of the cervix and causes the uterus to contract resulting in a spontaneous termination of pregnancy

a·bor·ti·fa·cient

(ă-bōr'ti-fā'shĕnt)
1. Producing abortion.
Synonym(s): abortive (3) .
2. Any agent (usually a drug) that produces abortion.
[L. abortus, abortion, + facio, to make]

abortifacient

A drug used to cause ABORTION. Many substances have been reputed to cause abortion and many have been tried in an attempt to procure abortion illegally, mostly without effect. In clinical practice abortion is chiefly induced with one of the PROSTAGLANDINS. Other drugs, such as mifepristone (see ABORTION PILL) and OXYTOCIN, are also used to induce labour.
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He includes its physical description, where it can be found, and again mentions its strong odor, a sign that he understood its use as an abortifacient, "All the parts of this Plant have a very strong unsavoury smell, like to Wild-Garlick" (14) (172) and reports that it grows in "Shady Woods, in the Savannas, every where."
Although abortifacient and emmenagogic effects have been suggested, there is no evidence supporting these effects when used as a food.
Abortifacient activity of the extract was also noted in some animals.
Furthermore, the absence of abortion and vaginal bleeding in the alkaloid-treated animals which were hitherto observed with the crude extract in our previous study suggest zero abortifacient activity for the alkaloid.
Because we were not certain about the process that women follow when they ask for abortifacient drugs in pharmacies, we hypothesized that one of two potential situations might occur, and we modeled the mystery client situations on the basis of these assumptions.
The publication in a package insert of a biologically plausible mechanism of action--a mechanism that has not been shown to be clinically relevant--says more about the continuing inadequacy of package inserts and the manner in which they are developed than it does about the abortifacient nature of the IUD.
Emergency Contraception: Contraceptive or Abortifacient?
Learn how a community reacts to Carol Miller, a private school teacher who shared with her teenaged students the stories of her abortions and instructions for a 200-year-old herbal abortifacient. Meet an anthropologist, a techno-hippie, a tree dweller and many more in the 289 pages of what Alice Walker calls a "profoundly important work."--E.H.
It is vital for the welfare of our young people that they should not have free access to powerful and dangerous abortifacient without the necessary medical examination and advice which the situation requires.
"Morning after" birth control is likely to prevent implantation, which some patients may view as abortifacient and therefore unacceptable.
Mifepristone has not been approved for use as an abortifacient in Canada.