A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.)
A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical abortions or surgical abortions.
Other terms for the early loss of pregnancy include:
- Complete abortion: All of the products of conception exit the body
- Incomplete abortion: Only some of the products of conception exit the...