false pregnancy

noun

Examples of false pregnancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zoo officials have also said she’s raised four cubs to adulthood, but has also experienced five false pregnancies. Heidi Pérez-Moreno, Washington Post, 22 July 2023 Two people were arrested in South Carolina for allegedly trying to traffic illicit drugs under a false pregnancy belly, authorities said. Doha Madani, NBC News, 15 May 2023 Rather than end the story with a false pregnancy or a miscarriage, Lear kept the focus on Maude’s choice and follow-through as well as the absence of judgment by those around her. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 That followed two other false pregnancies in the last few years. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, the zoo has been waiting to find out whether Mei Xiang might be pregnant or is experiencing a false pregnancy. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2019 Mei Xiang, who has had numerous false pregnancies in past years, was artificially inseminated in March and is near the end of her 90- to 185-day gestation period. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2019 Martin and Johnson also fended off false pregnancy rumors in October 2018. Amy MacKelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of false pregnancy was in 1815

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“False pregnancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20pregnancy. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

false pregnancy

noun

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