Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a fetus which has been aborted; same as abortion{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, the fruit of an abortion; a child born before the proper time; an abortion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a human fetus whose weight is less than 0.5 kilogram when removed or expelled from the mother's body

Etymologies

(borrowed) New Latin, borrowing from Latin abortus ("miscarriage") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Latin word abortus means "miscarriage, premature, untimely birth".

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  • Burial of an abortus after forty days of gestation was required for issues of ritual purity.

    Legal-Religious Status of the Female According to Age.

  • Although claiming to show the living fetus, Nilsson actually photographed abortus material obtained from women who terminated their pregnancies under the liberal Swedish law.

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  • It was disturbing that about 30 percent of cattle farmers still used strain 19 vaccine on heifer calves with "brucella abortus".

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  • Causes Six species of Brucella are currently presently known, of which Brucella melitensis, Brucella suis and Brucella abortus have public health implications.

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  • He never got round actually to doing it, but recorded the impulse as an interesting example of what Brucella abortus could do to a man.

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  • However, I finally had to find out what was happening to me and a blood test by Dr. Allinson dispelled all doubts by showing a nice positive titre to Brucella abortus.

    Every living thing

  • The _Bacillus abortus_ of Bang is the cause of abortion in cows, but the specific germ that produces abortion in other species of animals has not been proven.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • There are numerous cases on record where the bull was a permanent carrier of the Bacillus abortus and infected nearly every animal served.

    Common Diseases of Farm Animals

  • Milk itself is tested using what is called a milk ring test for the presence of Brucella abortus, the agent that causes undulent fever in people and the reason for modern day pasteurization.

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