Definition of miscarriage in English:


Pronunciation /mɪsˈkarɪdʒ//ˈmɪskarɪdʒ/


  • 1The spontaneous or unplanned expulsion of a fetus from the womb before it is able to survive independently.

    ‘his wife had a miscarriage’
    mass noun ‘some pregnancies result in miscarriage’
    • ‘Have infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths or infant deaths taken place in the family?’
    • ‘Spontaneous miscarriage, premature delivery and stillborn birth are possible results of an infected foetus.’
    • ‘Pregnant women are usually warned to avoid all contact with cats and cat feces to avoid exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, a microbe that can cause miscarriages or damage to fetuses.’
    • ‘However, most miscarriages occur when a pregnancy is not developing normally.’
    • ‘As the waiting time for getting a legally induced abortion is short, we believe that the number of spontaneous miscarriages while waiting for an abortion is low.’
    • ‘Forty six people have been admitted to hospital, with seven deaths and three miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women.’
    • ‘Confusingly, healthcare professionals sometimes refer to miscarriage as spontaneous abortion.’
    • ‘Some investigators have found statistical associations between induced abortion and subsequent miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.’
    • ‘Almost all women go on to have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage.’
    • ‘Smoking among women, especially during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages, premature birth, and low birth weight of infants.’
    • ‘The baby's mother had caught rubella and when pregnant mums get rubella the results are abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects.’
    • ‘Bacterial infections such as those caused by listeria or Group B Strep are a recognised cause of some stillbirths and late miscarriages.’
    • ‘She had been starving herself for so long, and she induced a miscarriage on herself.’
    • ‘Relatively new is the medical approach to spontaneous miscarriages.’
    • ‘Researchers found that childhood cancer survivors, with the exception of those who were treated for central nervous system tumors, were not more likely to have miscarriages or stillbirths.’
    • ‘As yet the optimal management for women with spontaneous miscarriages is unclear.’
    • ‘The same outbreak also resulted in at least 10,000 miscarriages and stillbirths.’
    • ‘A history of termination of pregnancy, recurrent miscarriages, sexually transmitted infections, or sterilisation can all become a source of conflict.’
    • ‘Approximately 1 percent of women experience recurrent miscarriage, which is defined as three consecutive miscarriages of pregnancies conceived with the same partner.’
    • ‘One woman who deeply regretted the abortion had four early miscarriages then carried two pregnancies to term and is alive 18 years after the first completed pregnancy.’
    spontaneous abortion, stillbirth
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  • 2An unsuccessful outcome of something planned.

    ‘the miscarriage of the project’
    failure, foundering, ruin, ruination, collapse, breakdown, thwarting, frustration, undoing, reversal, setback, unsuccessfulness, aborting, non-fulfilment, misfiring, mismanagement, perversion
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