oral contraceptive
noun Date: 1959 birth control pill

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Oral contraceptive — Oral contraceptives are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of birth control.FemaleTwo types of female oral contraceptive pill are widely available: *The combined oral contraceptive pill contains oestrogen and a progestogen, and is taken… …   Wikipedia

  • oral contraceptive — noun a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception • Syn: ↑pill, ↑birth control pill, ↑contraceptive pill, ↑oral contraceptive pill, ↑anovulatory drug, ↑anovulant •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • oral contraceptive — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms oral contraceptive : singular oral contraceptive plural oral contraceptives formal a pill that a woman takes every day to prevent herself from becoming pregnant. It is usually called the pill and is a form of… …   English dictionary

  • Oral contraceptive — A birth control pill taken by mouth. Most oral contraceptives include both estrogen and progesterone. When given in certain amounts and at certain times in the menstrual cycle, these hormones prevent the ovary from releasing an egg for… …   Medical dictionary

  • oral contraceptive — oral contra ceptive n a drug that a woman takes by mouth, so that she can have sex without having a baby = ↑pill …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oral contraceptive — oral contra ceptive noun count FORMAL a pill that a woman takes every day to prevent herself from becoming pregnant. It is usually called the pill and is a form of birth control …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • oral contraceptive — a tablet, containing one or more synthetic female sex hormones, taken by women to prevent conception. Most oral contraceptives are combined pills, consisting of an oestrogen, which blocks the normal process of ovulation, and a progestogen, which… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • oral contraceptive — Pharm. See birth control pill. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • oral contraceptive — noun (C) a drug that a woman takes by mouth, so that she can have sex without having a baby; the pill (pill (2)) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • oral contraceptive — o′ral contracep′tive n. pha birth control pill • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

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