What is an abruption?

What is an abruption? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (archaic) A sudden termination or interruption. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
  2. A sudden breaking off; a violent separation of bodies. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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If significant placental abruption occurs, a viable fetus should be delivered immediately.
In an analysis of case fatality rates among pregnant women who had placental abruption subsequent to trauma, 69 percent of fetal deaths were prevented by cesarean delivery.
Preeclampsia also increases the risk of placental abruption in which the placenta separates from the uterine wall before delivery.
She suffered a placental abruption during her pregnancy with Erin and was referred to Geraldine while pregnant with Emma.
The fourth woman had a placental abruption after weeks of bed rest for threatened prematurity.
Blood pressure and liver enzymes were elevated, and the patient had proteinuria, hemoconcentration, thrombocytopenia, and placental abruption.

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