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[uh-bawr-tuh s] /əˈbɔr təs/
noun, plural abortuses. Medicine/Medical
immature placental or fetal tissue prematurely passed or curetted.
an aborted fetus.
Origin of abortus
< New Latin, Latin: miscarriage, equivalent to abor(īrī) to miscarry (see abort) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The term "abortus," being in the genitive case, may be employed with either generic term.

    Contagious Abortion of Cows Ward J. MacNeal
  • We have therefore suggested the name Bacillus (or Bacterium) abortus, Bang, for this organism.

    Contagious Abortion of Cows Ward J. MacNeal
abortus in Medicine

abortus a·bor·tus (ə-bôr'təs)
The product or products of an abortion.

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