Definition of miscarriage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪskærɪdʒ//
, also BrE//ˌmɪsˈkærɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪskærɪdʒ//
[countable, uncountable] Pregnancy
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the process of giving birth to a baby before it is fully developed and able to survive; an occasion when this happens to have a miscarriage The pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 11 weeks. This test carries a high risk of miscarriage. She had suffered multiple miscarriages before trying the treatment. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage. CollocationsChildrenHaving a baby/​child want a baby/​a child/​kids start a family conceive/​be expecting/​be going to have a baby/​child miss your period become/​get/​be/​find out that you are pregnant have a baby/​a child/​kids/​a son/​a daughter/​twins/​a family have a normal/​a difficult/​an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/​a difficult/​a home birth be in/​go into/​induce labour (especially US English) labor have/​suffer/​cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/​baby/​daughter/​son/​twinsParenting bring up/ (especially North American English) raise a child/​family care for/ (especially British English) look after a baby/​child/​kid change (British English) a nappy/(North American English) a diaper/​a baby feed/​breastfeed/​bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/​go on maternity/​paternity leave go back/​return to work after maternity leave need/​find/​get a babysitter/​good quality affordable childcare balance/​combine work and childcare/​child-rearing/​family life educate/​teach/​home-school a child/​kid punish/​discipline/​spoil a child/​kid adopt a baby/​child/​kid offer a baby for/​put a baby up for adoption (especially British English) foster a child/​kid be placed with/​be raised by foster parents compare abortion Wordfinderantenatal, child, conception, fetus, maternity leave, miscarriage, morning sickness, pregnant, scan, womb See related entries: Pregnancy
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