gestation

noun ges·ta·tion \ je-ˈstā-shən \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of gestation

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

gestational

play \je-ˈstā-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.

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Origin and Etymology of gestation

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

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GESTATION Defined for English Language Learners

gestation

noun

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

noun ges·ta·tion \ je-ˈstā-shən \

medical Definition of gestation

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

gestational

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective


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