Definition of miscarriage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɪskarɪdʒ//mɪsˈkarɪdʒ/


  • 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’
    • ‘A history of termination of pregnancy, recurrent miscarriages, sexually transmitted infections, or sterilisation can all become a source of conflict.’
    • ‘Relatively new is the medical approach to spontaneous miscarriages.’
    • ‘Confusingly, healthcare professionals sometimes refer to miscarriage as spontaneous abortion.’
    • ‘Have infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths or infant deaths taken place in the family?’
    • ‘Forty six people have been admitted to hospital, with seven deaths and three miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women.’
    • ‘Some investigators have found statistical associations between induced abortion and subsequent miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.’
    • ‘Smoking among women, especially during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages, premature birth, and low birth weight of infants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Approximately 1 percent of women experience recurrent miscarriage, which is defined as three consecutive miscarriages of pregnancies conceived with the same partner.’
    • ‘The same outbreak also resulted in at least 10,000 miscarriages and stillbirths.’
    • ‘As yet the optimal management for women with spontaneous miscarriages is unclear.’
    • ‘Bacterial infections such as those caused by listeria or Group B Strep are a recognised cause of some stillbirths and late miscarriages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Almost all women go on to have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage.’
    • ‘However, most miscarriages occur when a pregnancy is not developing normally.’
    • ‘Spontaneous miscarriage, premature delivery and stillborn birth are possible results of an infected foetus.’
    • ‘She had been starving herself for so long, and she induced a miscarriage on herself.’
    • ‘The baby's mother had caught rubella and when pregnant mums get rubella the results are abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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