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abortion (əˈbɔːʃən)
1.  an operation or other procedure to terminate pregnancy before the fetus is viable
2.  the premature termination of pregnancy by spontaneous or induced expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus
3.  the products of abortion; an aborted fetus
4.  the arrest of development of an organ
5.  a failure to develop to completion or maturity: the project proved an abortion
6.  a person or thing that is deformed

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