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abortion pill

A popular term for RU-486/mifepristone.
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abortion pill

See Contragestive, Oral contraceptive, RU-486.
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a·bor·tion pill

(ă-bōr'shŭn pil)
A means of expelling an embryo or fetus during the first 7 weeks of pregnancy with a combination of a progesterone antagonist and prostaglandins.
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abortion pill

A drug, RU486 or mifepristone, that acts by blocking the action of PROGESTERONE which is essential to maintain pregnancy. A second drug, one of the PROSTAGLANDINS, has to be taken within 48 hours to complete the expulsion of the fertilized egg. The method is said to be 95% effective. See also ABORTION.
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