Definition of abortifacient in English:

abortifacient

adjective

Medicine
  • (chiefly of a drug) causing abortion.

    • ‘Middle Eastern Unani medicine affirms its abortifacient properties.’
    • ‘Large doses of ashwagandha may possess abortifacient properties so that it should not be taken during pregnancy unless under the direction of an experienced health professional.’
    • ‘Evidence that women used abortifacient herbs dates back to the Egyptians.’
    • ‘The new label states: ‘Because of its abortifacient property, Cytotec is contraindicated for use by pregnant women.’’
    • ‘He asserts that two contraceptives - one of which, the IUD, is not much used in the United States - may on occasion have abortifacient properties.’
    • ‘From this, Meilander concludes that emergency contraception is more like contraception than abortifacient procedures.’
    • ‘Parliament must have been aware of these methods and cannot have had in mind a process where abortifacient agents were administered by nurses.’
    • ‘They emphasized that trichosanthin only has an abortifacient effect when injected.’
    • ‘It's an essay that suggests that it's unethical to use oral contraceptives because of their abortifacient properties.’
    • ‘He notes that the organization moved from opposing the abortifacient theory to a neutral position in 1999.’
    • ‘Large doses of ashwagandha may possess abortifacient properties; therefore, it should not be taken during pregnancy.’
    • ‘Some varieties of the pill cause more abortions and some less, but sooner or later all varieties are abortifacient.’
    • ‘McCrystal, 37, trained as a pharmacist but left his job in a Belfast pharmacy in 1993 because he felt he could no longer distribute contraceptive pills, believing them to be abortifacient.’
    • ‘Traditional folk medicine offered recipes for abortifacient brews of aloes, pennyroyal, and extracts from wild juniper bushes that so poisoned or irritated the system that miscarriages occurred as a side effect.’
    • ‘The World Health Organization has put two abortifacient drugs on its list of essential medicines to offer an alternative to surgical methods that are often used in developing countries.’

noun

Medicine
  • An abortifacient drug.

    • ‘Yet knowledge of the peacock flower and its use as an abortifacient remained confined, by and large, to the slave camps and backwoods villages of the New World colonies.’
    • ‘After two years they had a file of the names of approximately 10,000 women who had sent for these abortifacients.’
    • ‘Major abortifacients used include infusions from herbs, leaves of special shrubs, plant roots, and the bark of some trees.’
    • ‘Toting a satchel containing lye soap, a grater, and a red-rubber hose, she visits their dingy apartments, where she administers a toxic abortifacient.’
    • ‘Many chemists had their own mixtures of herbal abortifacients.’
    • ‘Several so-called contraceptive herbs are actually abortifacients and can be dangerous.’
    • ‘Whether normal oral contraceptives work as abortifacients (that is, whether they prevent implantation as well as preventing fertilization) has been a matter of some debate.’
    • ‘Because it is reputed to affect the menstrual cycle and to be an abortifacient, its use in pregnancy and lactation is to be avoided.’
    • ‘Wertheimer acknowledges this in the statement, ‘Some individuals may consider these hormones to be abortifacients if they interfere with implantation.’’
    • ‘In Biblical times sticks and dubious herbal abortifacients were used in attempted abortions, yet the Bible does not consider this as important enough to even address.’
    • ‘Section 59 criminalizes the supply and procuring of abortifacients or instruments for use in unlawful abortions.’
    • ‘This article led to repeated efforts to prohibit the distribution of all forms of modern contraceptive methods on the grounds that they were abortifacients.’
    • ‘Claiming that the pill was an abortifacient, the board stated: ‘The proposed indication was deemed unacceptable and the company voluntarily withdrew the application.’’
    • ‘She's worried that his anti-abortion stance will endanger the future availability of abortifacients as over the counter medication, and the future of RU - 486 to be used for other purposes.’
    • ‘In pre-revolutionary Vietnam, knowledge of abortifacients did exist, but historical sources indicate that induced abortion was considered an immoral act.’
    • ‘Anti-abortion activists have always claimed that the morning-after pill is an abortifacient as it can work by preventing the implantation of an embryo.’
    • ‘Mifepristone has been tested for safety and efficacy and approved in 11 European nations, where an estimated 500,000 women have used it as an abortifacient.’
    • ‘It answers my question on the availability of data that shows that the Pill is an abortifacient - in short there isn't any.’
    • ‘Many people think the Pill is simply a preventative measure, but it does also act as an abortifacient.’
    • ‘Pro-life groups opposed to the referendum claim that a ‘yes’ vote will allow the use of abortifacients such as the morning-after pill and the IUD.’

Pronunciation

abortifacient

/əˌbɔrdəˈfeɪʃənt//əˌbôrdəˈfāSHənt/