pregnancy

noun

preg·​nan·​cy ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio)
plural pregnancies
1
: the quality of being pregnant (as in meaning)
2
: the condition of being pregnant : gestation
3
: an instance of being pregnant

Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year
Recent Examples on the Web However, the World Health Organization says the two drug-regimen can be taken up until the 12-week mark of pregnancy. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 13 June 2024 This remarkable memoir, which takes its title from a work by Louise Bourgeois, describes the author’s fraught journey to parenthood and considers pregnancy through the lenses of science and art. The New Yorker, 12 June 2024 Despite speculation that Halle was pregnant throughout 2023, the singer and DDG notably kept her pregnancy under wraps until her Instagram reveal. Mckinley Franklin, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 Women and their partners often choose to keep other mature embryos that result from IVF frozen for future pregnancies. Steven Martinez, Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for pregnancy 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pregnancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pregnancy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pregnancy

noun
preg·​nan·​cy ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio)
plural pregnancies
: the condition of being pregnant : gestation

Medical Definition

pregnancy

noun
preg·​nan·​cy ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio)
plural pregnancies
1
: the condition of being pregnant
2
: an instance of being pregnant

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