Period, gestation

The period of development of the young from the time of conception until birth. For humans the full gestation period is normally 9 months. The word "gestation" comes from the Latin "gestare" meaning "to carry or to bear."

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  • Gestation — is the carrying of an embryo or fetus inside a female viviparous animal. Mammals during pregnancy can have one or more gestations at the same time (multiple gestations). The time interval of a gestation plus 2 weeks is called gestation period ,… …   Wikipedia

  • Gestation — Period of time from conception to birth. * * * SYN: pregnancy. [L. gestatio, from gesto, pp. gestatus, to bear] * * * ges·ta·tion je stā shən n 1) the carrying of young in the uterus from conception to delivery: PREGNANCY 2) GESTATION PERIOD… …   Medical dictionary

  • gestation — ► NOUN 1) the process of carrying or the state of being carried in the womb between conception and birth. 2) the development of a plan or idea over a period of time. DERIVATIVES gestate verb. ORIGIN Latin, from gestare carry, carry in the womb …   English terms dictionary

  • gestation — [jes tā′shən] n. [L gestatio < pp. of gestare, freq. of gerere, to bear, carry] 1. the act or period of carrying young in the uterus from conception to birth; pregnancy 2. a development, as of a plan in the mind …   English World dictionary

  • gestation — gestational, gestative /jes teuh tiv, je stay /, adj. /je stay sheuhn/, n. the process, state, or period of gestating. [1525 35; < L gestation (s. of gestatio), equiv. to gestat(us) (see GESTATE) + ion ION] * * * ▪ biology       in mammals, the… …   Universalium

  • Gestation period — The period of development of the young from the time of conception until birth. For humans the full gestation period is normally 9 months. The word gestation comes from the Latin gestare meaning to carry or to bear. * * * gestation period n the… …   Medical dictionary

  • gestation period — noun the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans) • Syn: ↑gestation • Derivationally related forms: ↑gestational (for: ↑gestation), ↑gestate (for: ↑ge …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gestation period — The gestation period in a viviparous animal is the length of its gestation. In humans this is 266 days (38 weeks), but varies for other animals. Gestation period is measured from conception to birth.ee also*mammalian gestation *pregnancy …   Wikipedia

  • gestation — [[t]ʤeste͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Gestation is the process in which babies grow inside their mother s body before they are born. [TECHNICAL] ...the seventeenth week of gestation... The gestation period can be anything between 95 and 150 days. 2) …   English dictionary

  • gestation — ges|ta|tion [dʒeˈsteıʃən] n [singular, U] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: gestatio, from gestare to bear ] 1.) medical the process by which a child or young animal develops inside its mother s body before birth, or the period of time when this …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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