a·bor·tion [uh-bawr-shuh n]
1. to forcefully terminate a pregnancy, preventing the fetus from developing and being born alive.
2. an operation to conduct an abortion.
3. a malformed, hideous, or monstrous person, place, or thing.
4. spontaneous abortion; a miscarriage.
1540-50; < Latin abortiōn- (stem of abortiō). See abort, -ion
Ophelia panicked when she found out she was pregnant so she decided to get an abortion.