preg·​nan·​cy | \ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē \
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

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Upton shared the news of her pregnancy with a photo of her in a sharp red, ankle-length suit posed on a hotel balcony in Miami. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kate Upton Just Announced She's Expecting Her First Child," 14 July 2018 The double Instagrams seem to mirror the way Aldean and his wife, who have been married for three years, announced their first pregnancy. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Jason Aldean and Wife Brittany Have Another Baby on the Way and the Announcement Is Too Cute," 10 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter The president has stoked Republican hopes by musing about the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, which found that a constitutional right to privacy protects a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 For example, health providers denied chemotherapy to women who are diagnosed with cancer earlier in their pregnancies and even prosecutes women who have miscarriages or stillbirths., "What Will Happen If Abortion Is Banned In The U.S.? Just Look At These Countries.," 3 July 2018 How a man's and woman’s different experience of pregnancy alters the balance of power in a relationship. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County theaters add stories and sparkle to summer nights," 11 July 2018 Last night was the worst night ever 😪😪😓This last month of pregnancy is hell 😰 — iamcardib (@iamcardib) July 9, 2018 Cardi recently hosted an over-the-top baby shower for her incoming little girl at the end of June. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Gives Birth to a Baby Girl," 11 July 2018 To maximize chances of pregnancy, biologists hormonally induced Rizzo to ovulate in time for the procedure. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 The 48% accuracy for ultrasound was based on ultrasound done during the first trimester of pregnancy. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Blood tests to predict preterm birth risk raise excitement -- and questions," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


preg·​nan·​cy | \ˈpreg-nən-sē \
plural pregnancies

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant


preg·​nan·​cy | \ˈpreg-nən-sē \
plural pregnancies

Medical Definition of pregnancy 

1 : the condition of being pregnant

2 : an instance of being pregnant

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