Definition of embryoctony in US English:

embryoctony

noun

rare
  • The deliberate killing of an embryo or fetus in the womb; feticide; abortion.

Origin

Late 18th century. From scientific Latin embryoctonia from Byzantine Greek ἐμβρυοκτόνος that kills the fetus + classical Latin -ia. In some forms with substitution of -y for the ending.

Pronunciation

embryoctony

/ˌɛmbrɪˈɒktəni/