Definition of Gestation

1. Noun. The period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans).

Exact synonyms: Gestation Period
Generic synonyms: Biological Time
Terms within: Full Term, Term, Midterm, Trimester
Derivative terms: Gestate, Gestational

2. Noun. The state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus.

3. Noun. The conception and development of an idea or plan.
Generic synonyms: Construction, Mental Synthesis
Derivative terms: Gestate, Gestational

Definition of Gestation

1. n. The act of wearing (clothes or ornaments).

Definition of Gestation

1. Noun. The period of time during which an infant animal or human physically develops inside the mother's body until it is born. ¹

2. Noun. The process of development of a plan or idea. ¹

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Definition of Gestation

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Medical Definition of Gestation

1. The period of development of the young in viviparous animals, from the time of fertilization of the ovum until birth. Origin: L. Gestatio, from gestare = to bear This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gestation

gestalt psychology
gestalt theory
gestalt therapy
gestation period
gestation sac
gestational oedema
gestational proteinuria
gestational psychosis
gestational trophoblastic disease
gestatorial chair

Literary usage of Gestation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"In all such cases labor must be made as brief as possible, and terminate promptly in the interest of the mother. Tubal Gestation with Continued Growth of ..."

2. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology by Henry Cadwalader Chapman (1892)
"In all such cases, however, questions arise relating to the length of time in which gestation may be prolonged or shortened. v'The subject of protracted ..."

3. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1897)
"THE PERIOD OK Gestation NOT FIXED BY LAW. Legal Presumption of Legitimacy.—Every child born either in lawful matrimony, or within a period after ..."

4. Gynæcology for Students & Practitioners by Thomas Watts Eden (1920)
"In these cases the ovary lies in front of the gestation-sac, ... In some of these cases the gestation-sac has become infected from the bowel or the uterus, ..."

5. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1894)
"In rare instances the tubal gestation may go on to full time. 2. ... Tubo-peritoneal gestation, in which the escape of the fetus iu membranes occurs into ..."

6. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1901)
"Triple Ectopic Gestation. BY WILMER KRUSEN, MD [Read October 23, 1901. ... The gestation had occurred in the right tube, and the rupture did not involve the ..."

7. Obstetrics, the science and the art by Charles Delucena Meigs (1867)
"From his table, Brugnone concludes that the gestation is not complete in less ... 55, shows in 114 mares a difference in gestation of ninety- three days. ..."

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