pseu·​do·​preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˌsü-dō-ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pseudopregnancy (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pseudopregnant (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pseudopregnancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The panda had been experiencing a pseudopregnancy — where a panda has behavioral and hormonal reactions that mimic an actual pregnancy — over the past several months, officials said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "No giant panda cub this year at National Zoo," 11 Sep. 2019 The National Zoo should know by the end of August whether panda Mei Xiang is experiencing pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. Kelli Bender,, "National Zoo Panda's Recent 'Behavioral Changes' Could Mean She Is Pregnant," 7 Aug. 2019 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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“Pseudopregnancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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pseu·​do·​preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˌsüd-ō-ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pseudopregnancy (audio) \
plural pseudopregnancies

Medical Definition of pseudopregnancy

: a condition which resembles pregnancy: as
b : an anestrous state resembling pregnancy that occurs in various mammals usually after an infertile copulation

Other Words from pseudopregnancy

pseudopregnant \ -​nənt How to pronounce pseudopregnant (audio) \ adjective

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