A*bor"tive (#), a. [L. abortivus, fr. aboriri. See Abort, v.]

1.

Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.

[R.]

2.

Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.

[Obs.]

3.

Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.

[Obs.] "Plunged in that abortive gulf."

Milton.

4.

Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.

"An abortive enterprise."

Prescott.

5. Biol.

Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.

6. Med. (a)

Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.

Parr. (b)

Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

 

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A*bor"tive, n.

1.

That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.

[Obs.]

Shak.

2.

A fruitless effort or issue.

[Obs.]

3.

A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.

<-- now usu. abortifacient. -->

Dunglison.

 

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