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(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) hastening labour or abortion
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) a drug or agent that hastens labour or abortion
[C18: from Greek ekbolē a throwing out, from ekballein to throw out, from ballein to throw]
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1. promoting birth or abortion by increasing uterine contractions.n.
2. a drug that promotes birth or abortion.
[1745–55; < Greek ekbol(ḗ) expulsion (n. derivative of ekbállein to throw out, miscarry, abort =ek- ec- + bállein to throw) + -ic]
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