conception

[ kuh n-sep-shuh n ]
/ kənˈsɛp ʃən /

noun

Origin of conception

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

concept conception inception
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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

conceptional or conceptive, adjective

Word Origin for conception

C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive
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Medicine 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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Science 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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Culture definitions for conception

conception

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


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