from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various procedures resulting in the termination of a pregnancy by a physician.
- noun Any of various procedures resulting in the termination of a pregnancy in order to save the life of the mother, preserve her health, or prevent the birth of a severely ill or deformed infant.
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- noun medicine An abortion indicated by need for the health of the mother or due to the
inviablenature of the fetus.
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- noun a legally induced abortion for medical reasons (as when the mother's life is threatened)
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