pregnancy

noun
preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Definition of pregnancy

1 : the quality of being pregnant (as in meaning)
2 : the condition of being pregnant : gestation
3 : an instance of being pregnant

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Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year
Recent Examples on the Web The second is misoprostol, which helps your uterus expel the pregnancy. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions You Probably Have About the Abortion Pill, Answered by Doctors," 31 July 2020 The cost of four vials—roughly the average number needed to achieve pregnancy—runs about $4,800, including shipping. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 The Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone to be used in combination with a second drug, misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy or manage a miscarriage. Michael Kunzelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal agencies appeal suspension of abortion pill rule," 30 July 2020 Both Bronfman and Fallis announced the pregnancy in separate Instagram posts Sunday that showed off her baby bump. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Hannah Bronfman Opens Up About Her 'Long Journey' to Getting Pregnant: 'It Made Us Stronger'," 29 July 2020 The second drug, Misoprostol, completes it by expelling the pregnancy. Angela Hill And Karen Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Abortion pill restricted by FDA for decades has better safety record than penicillin and Viagra," 10 July 2020 In the case of Hunter’s first pregnancy, amateur sleuths doodled over images of her in a bikini on vacation, making the case that her bump was, somehow, upside down. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "How a Fake Baby Is Born," 13 July 2020 The rate of deaths of babies under age 1 year old is above the national average and the rate of Black Ohio women who die during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth is more than double the rate of white women. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County births more likely to be spaced apart than others in Ohio," 13 July 2020 Nicole Thea, a YouTube star known for her videos about pregnancy, is dead at 24. April Siese, CBS News, "Nicole Thea, pregnant YouTube star, dead at 24," 12 July 2020

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pregnancy was in the 15th century

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3 Aug 2020

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“Pregnancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pregnancy. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for pregnancy

pregnancy

noun
How to pronounce pregnancy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pregnancy

: the condition of a woman or female animal that is going to have a baby or babies : the condition of a pregnant woman or female animal

pregnancy

noun
preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant

pregnancy

noun
preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Medical Definition of pregnancy

1 : the condition of being pregnant
2 : an instance of being pregnant

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