Definition Of abortifacient


(chiefly of a drug) causing abortion.

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.

an abortifacient drug.

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.

Example Of abortifacient

  • After two years they had a file of the names of approximately 10,000 women who had sent for these abortifacients .

  • 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.

  • Because it is reputed to affect the menstrual cycle and to be an abortifacient , its use in pregnancy and lactation is to be avoided.

  • Claiming that the pill was an abortifacient , the board stated: ‘The proposed indication was deemed unacceptable and the company voluntarily withdrew the application.’

  • Evidence that women used abortifacient herbs dates back to the Egyptians.

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