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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Aug;179(2):397-8.

Understanding miscarriage or insensitive abortion: time for more defined terminology?

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Memorial Hospital, Darlington, United Kingdom.


A search of the two major journals of obstetrics and gynecology published in the United States has shown that the word abortion rather than miscarriage to describe early pregnancy loss is 6 times more likely to be used compared with most other English language journals over the last 5 years. The use of miscarriage, with descriptive adjectives such as threatened, incomplete, and complete, is recommended and the term delayed miscarriage is suggested in place of missed abortion.

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