pseu·​do·​preg·​nan·​cy | \ˌsü-dō-ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē \

Definition of pseudopregnancy 

2 : an anestrous state resembling pregnancy that occurs in various mammals usually after an infertile copulation

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pseudopregnant \ˌsü-​dō-​ˈpreg-​nənt \ adjective

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Some species, however, go through a strange phase called a pseudopregnancy, which looks just like a real pregnancy except there is no fetus. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "It's Really Hard to Know When a Zoo Animal Is Pregnant," 15 Dec. 2017 A panda that is undergoing a pseudopregnancy does everything pregnant pandas do. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Is zoo’s female giant panda pregnant? Could be, the zoo says," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pseudopregnancy

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pseudopregnancy was in 1860

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pseu·​do·​preg·​nan·​cy | \ˌsüd-ō-ˈpreg-nən-sē \
plural pseudopregnancies

Medical Definition of pseudopregnancy 

: a condition which resembles pregnancy: as

a : pseudocyesis

b : an anestrous state resembling pregnancy that occurs in various mammals usually after an infertile copulation

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pseudopregnant \-​nənt \ adjective

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