Is aborted

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 4 04:59:39 UTC 2011

Moving from dogs to humans:

(OED Third edition, July 2010; online version November 2010)
abort, v.
d. trans. To cause (a pregnant woman) to abort; to perform an abortion
on. Also occas. intr.

The OED has a first cite in 1908. The second cite in 1931 shows a passive form.

1908    Buffalo Med. Jrnl. 64 24   It is not always necessary to abort
a woman who has a fibroid so situated as apparently to act as a bar to
1931    Lancet 26 Dec. 1434/1   Where healthy women have been aborted,
it has usually been carried out surreptitiously, under unfavourable
conditions, or by incompetent persons.

Here is a cite in 1894.

Transactions of the Chicago Gynecological Society
Meeting of December 21st 1894
Dr. Henrotin. – If the pains are coming on and the woman is about to
abort why not abort the woman first instead of opening the abscess
first and producing an abortion afterward

The American Dialect Society -

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