n. The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage. Artificially induced termination of a pregnancy to destroy an embryo or fetus. It is sometimes used for the offense of procuring a premature delivery, but strictly the early delivery is the abortion, 'causing or procuring abortion' is the full name of the offense. The immature product of an untimely birth. The explusion of the fetus so early that it has not acquired the power of sustaining an independent life.
- (Biology) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed. Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which in its progress, before it is matured or perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an abortion. The knowing and intentional destruction of the 'life' of an unborn fetus by the intentional removal of the fetus from the womb. This act is legal without state interference during the first trimester of a pregnancy.
- (Criminal) The wilfully bringing about of an abortion without justification or excuse.