ges·​ta·​tion | \ je-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce gestation (audio) \

Definition of gestation

1 : the carrying of young in the uterus (see uterus sense 1) : pregnancy
2 : conception (see conception sense 3) and development especially in the mind

Other Words from gestation

gestational \ je-​ˈstā-​shnəl How to pronounce gestation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of gestation in a Sentence

the gestation of new ideas The book has been in gestation for a long time.
Recent Examples on the Web Most of the abortions in Utah in 2019 were done at seven or eight weeks of gestation, and were sought by women in their 20s, according to state data. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 Roe prohibits states from passing laws that restrict abortions before the point of fetal viability - around 24 weeks of gestation. Leada Gore |, al, 3 May 2022 Building on a proxy fight launched in February, Icahn also called on McDonald's to prioritize a slew of other demands, including eliminating suppliers that use gestation crates by the end of next year in the U.S. and globally by 2024. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The big battle in the now decade-long war has been over gestation crates, small containment units that are used to house pregnant pigs. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 That issue is the use of gestation crates — tiny stalls where pregnant sows are held, their movements severely restricted — in McDonald’s pork supply chain. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Icahn also brought his animal welfare campaign to Kroger, condemning it for buying meat from producers that use gestation crates. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 31 Mar. 2022 The Securities and Exchange Commission directed Wendy’s to include a shareholder proposal in its proxy materials that could force the company to disclose the use of gestation crates in its pork supply chain. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Major retailers such as Safeway have vowed to shun producers using gestation crates. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gestation

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gestation

Latin gestation-, gestatio, from gestare to bear, frequentative of gerere to bear

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“Gestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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ges·​ta·​tion | \ je-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce gestation (audio) \

Medical Definition of gestation

1 : the carrying of young in the uterus from conception to delivery : pregnancy

Other Words from gestation

gestational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce gestation (audio) \ adjective

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