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incompletely developed.
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1. Not reaching completion; for example, said of an attack of a disease subsiding before it has fully developed or completed its course.
2. Synonym(s): rudimentary
3. Synonym(s): abortifacient (1)
[L. abortivus]
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1. Biology Partially or imperfectly developed: an abortive organ.
2. Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.

a·bor′tive·ly adv.
a·bor′tive·ness n.
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1. Not reaching completion; said of a disease subsiding before it has completed its course.
2. Synonym(s): rudimentary.
3. Synonym(s): abortifacient (1) .
[L. abortivus]
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Referring to treatment that relieves symptoms of a disorder.
Mentioned in: Headache
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Not reaching completion.
[L. abortivus]
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Patient discussion about abortive

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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But France, in addition to importing 6 percent of Canada's chrysotile production, was a trusted ally, having previously led the resistance to EU restrictions on chrysotile (abortively, it turned out, when a 1999 European Union directive finally imposed a 2005 deadline for banning chrysotile and most chrysotile-containing products throughout Europe.)
Joseph Conrad's family situation abortively deprived him of his mother before he had much chance to come to terms with that relationship.
I was getting rather frustrated abortively striking at these plucks and finding my worm chewed up.
Both poems originally set out to be twelve-book epics modeled on classical forms, though Cowley stopped abortively after the first four books.
In fact, they are, somewhat primitive, unless abortively quoting archaic sites can be seen to be sophisticated.
Finally, the obligation of sea ports and counties to provide ships for defence (stoutly resisted in 1596 and 1626), was converted into a national scheme, under prerogative authority,-to fund a "stand-alone" navy, free of merchant participation - floated abortively in 1628, effected by the "Ship Money" fleets of 1634-41.