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conception

noun con·cep·tion \kən-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of CONCEPTION

1
a (1) :  the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both (2) :  embryo, fetus
b :  beginning <joy had the like conception in our eyes — Shakespeare>
2
a :  the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols
b :  a general idea :  concept
c :  a complex product of abstract or reflective thinking
d :  the sum of a person's ideas and beliefs concerning something
3
:  the originating of something in the mind
con·cep·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
con·cep·tive \-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective

Examples of CONCEPTION

  1. He directed the project from conception to production.
  2. the conception of a new device
  3. They have a clear conception of how the process works.
  4. a child's conception of responsibility
  5. They have very different conceptions of the proper role of government.

Origin of CONCEPTION

Middle English concepcioun, from Anglo-French concepcion, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of CONCEPTION

idea, concept, conception, thought, notion, impression mean what exists in the mind as a representation (as of something comprehended) or as a formulation (as of a plan). idea may apply to a mental image or formulation of something seen or known or imagined, to a pure abstraction, or to something assumed or vaguely sensed <innovative ideas> <my idea of paradise>. concept may apply to the idea formed by consideration of instances of a species or genus or, more broadly, to any idea of what a thing ought to be <a society with no concept of private property>. conception is often interchangeable with concept ; it may stress the process of imagining or formulating rather than the result <our changing conception of what constitutes art>. thought is likely to suggest the result of reflecting, reasoning, or meditating rather than of imagining <commit your thoughts to paper>. notion suggests an idea not much resolved by analysis or reflection and may suggest the capricious or accidental <you have the oddest notions>. impression applies to an idea or notion resulting immediately from some stimulation of the senses <the first impression is of soaring height>.

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition
Medical Dictionary

conception

noun con·cep·tion \kən-ˈsep-shən\

Medical Definition of CONCEPTION

1
a :  the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both b :  embryo, fetus
2
a :  the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols b :  a general idea

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