Definitions for: Gestation

[n] the conception and development of an idea or plan
[n] the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
[n] the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)

Webster (1913) Definition: Ges*ta"tion, n. [L. gestatio a bearing, carrying,
fr. gestare to bear, carry, intens. fr. gerere, gestum, to
bear: cf. F. gestation. See Gest deed, Jest.]
1. The act of wearing (clothes or ornaments). [Obs.]

2. The act of carrying young in the womb from conception to
delivery; pregnancy.

3. Exercise in which one is borne or carried, as on
horseback, or in a carriage, without the exertion of his
own powers; passive exercise. --Dunglison.

Synonyms: gestation period, pregnancy

See Also: biological time, childbed, cleavage, confinement, construction, eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, entopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, full term, gravida, gravidation, gravidity, gravidness, labor, labour, lying-in, mental synthesis, metacyesis, midterm, morning sickness, para, parity, parturiency, physiological condition, physiological state, placenta previa, quickening, segmentation, term, travail, trimester, trouble

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