gestation

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noun ges·ta·tion \je-ˈstā-shən\

Definition of gestation

  1. 1 :  the carrying of young in the uterus :  pregnancy

  2. 2 :  conception and development especially in the mind

gestational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of gestation in a sentence

  1. the gestation of new ideas

  2. The book has been in gestation for a long time.

Origin and Etymology of gestation

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


First Known Use: 1615

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GESTATION Defined for English Language Learners

gestation

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noun ges·ta·tion \je-ˈstā-shən\

Definition of gestation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

gestation

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noun ges·ta·tion \je-ˈstā-shən\

Medical Definition of gestation

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

  2. 2:  gestation period

gestational

\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective


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