To terminate a pregnancy before the fetus is viable, either naturally or by induced abortion.
Middle english abourten, from latin abortus, past participle of aboriri to miscarry, from ab- + oriri to arise.
- She decided to abort the pregnancy.
- The fetus had a genetic disorder, so they chose to abort.
- The mother had an abortion due to medical complications.
- The rocket had to be aborted after a malfunction.
- The mission was aborted due to bad weather.