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conception

[ kuhn-sep-shuhn ]
/ kənˈsɛp ʃən /
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noun

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Origin of conception

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English concepcion from Latin conceptiōn- (stem of conceptiō ), equivalent to Latin concept- (see concept) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM conception

con·cep·tion·al, adjectivecon·cep·tive, adjectivepost·con·cep·tion, adjectivere·con·cep·tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH conception

1. concept, conception 2. conception , inception
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A conception is a notion or idea that seems complete, individual, or somewhat intricate. Do you know when to use conception, thought, idea, and notion? Learn more on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for conception

conception
/ (kənˈsɛpʃən) /

noun

something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan
the description under which someone considers somethingher conception of freedom is wrong
the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb
origin or beginningfrom its conception the plan was a failure
the act or power of forming notions; invention

Derived forms of conception

conceptional or conceptive, adjective

Word Origin for conception

C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for conception

conception
[ kən-sĕpshən ]

n.

The act of forming a general idea or notion.
The formation of a viable zygote by the union of a spermatozoon and an ovum; fertilization.
concept
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Scientific definitions for conception

conception
[ kən-sĕpshən ]

The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
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Cultural definitions for conception

conception

Fertilization; the union of the sperm and ovum to form a zygote. (See reproductive systems.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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