|Origin:||abortare, from abortus, past participle of aboriri 'to give birth to a dead baby', from ab- 'away' + oriri 'to rise, be born'|
to stop an activity because it would be difficult or dangerous to continue it:
The rescue mission had to be aborted.
to deliberately end a pregnancy when the baby is still too young to live
if a pregnant woman or animal aborts, the baby is born too early and is dead when it is born:
The disease causes pregnant animals to abort.