gestation

noun
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

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Other Words from gestation

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

Synonyms for gestation

Synonyms

family way, gravidity, pregnancy

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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.

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The twins’ mother, Meng Meng, did not show reliable signs of gestation until late in the pregnancy, zoo officials said, which is typical for pandas. New York Times, "At Berlin Zoo, a Clamor to Name Twin Pandas ‘Hong’ and ‘Kong’," 6 Sep. 2019 The clinic offers only nonsurgical abortions, up to 10 weeks of gestation. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, "South Bend at center of abortion debate as unlicensed clinic supported by Mayor Pete Buttigieg is allowed to open via court injunction," 6 Aug. 2019 Some have introduced gestational age bans, banning the procedure anywhere from six weeks to 20 weeks gestation. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Low-Income Austin Residents Could Soon Get Funding for Abortion ‘Logistical Support.’ Here’s What That Means," 21 Aug. 2019 Mikki has been pregnant since October 2017, giving birth after a 22-month gestation period. Emma Austin, USA TODAY, "It's a boy! Mikki the elephant gives birth to 200-pound calf at Louisville Zoo," 3 Aug. 2019 The two had been teasing the arrival of this collaboration for at least a whole human gestation period. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Troubling Reunion With Chris Brown," 30 July 2019 Shark gestation periods can vary from five months to a handful of years, and some sharks can store sperm for months at a time. Erin Davis And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink 'Jaws'," 14 July 2019 Shark gestation periods can vary from five months to a handful of years, and some sharks can store sperm for months at a time. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink ‘Jaws’," 14 July 2019 And second, why are so many companies still unprofitable at IPO, despite the lengthening gestation period from first VC funding to exit? Leonard Sherman, WIRED, "'Blitzscaling' Is Choking Innovation—and Wasting Money," 11 July 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gestation

: 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

gestation

noun
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 gestational (audio) \ adjective

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