gestation


ges·ta·tion

noun \je-ˈstā-shən\

: the time when a person or animal is developing inside its mother before it is born; also : the process of development that happens during this time

: the process by which something (such as an idea) forms and develops

Full Definition of GESTATION

1
:  the carrying of young in the uterus :  pregnancy
2
:  conception and development especially in the mind
ges·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of GESTATION

  1. the gestation of new ideas
  2. The book has been in gestation for a long time.

Origin of GESTATION

Latin gestation-, gestatio, from gestare to bear, frequentative of gerere to bear
First Known Use: 1615

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

ges·ta·tion

noun \je-ˈstā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GESTATION

1
: the carrying of young in the uterus from conception to delivery : pregnancy
ges·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective

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