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And he had arrived at what he called the hypothesis of the abortion of cells.

Some trees are without fruit through the abortion of the pistils.

Cows that are degenerating into consumption are exceedingly subject to abortion.

Abortion, also, often follows a sudden change from poor to luxuriant food.

In this case the neglect is over-production; the evil is abortion.

Abortion is practiced throughout Hungary by women of all the nationalities.

Abortion produced on her by another was a crime, but not when she produced it on herself.

Abortion and infanticide are two customs which have the same character and purpose.

In the neighboring tribe of the Orang Laut no means of abortion was known.

Abortion of the ovules is considered by the same authority to be due to—1.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin abortionem (nominative abortio) "miscarriage, abortion," noun of action from past participle stem of aboriri (see abortive).

Earlier noun in English was simple abort (early 15c.). Originally of both deliberate and unintended miscarriages; in 19c. some effort was made to distinguish abortion "expulsion of the fetus between 6 weeks and 6 months" from miscarriage (the same within 6 weeks of conception) and premature labor (delivery after 6 months but before due time). This broke down as abortion came to be used principally for intentional miscarriages. Foeticide (v.) appears 1823 as a forensic medical term for deliberate premature fatal expulsion of the fetus; also cf. prolicide. Abortion was a taboo word for much of early 20c., disguised in print as criminal operation (U.S.) or illegal operation (U.K.), and replaced by miscarriage in film versions of novels.

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