conception


con·cep·tion

noun \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

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

con·cep·tion

noun \kən-ˈsep-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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