conception

[ kuh n-sep-shuh n ]
/ kənˈsɛp ʃən /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. concepción,
  2. concept,
  3. concept art,
  4. concept formation,
  5. conceptacle,
  6. conception rate,
  7. conceptive,
  8. conceptor,
  9. conceptual,
  10. conceptual art

Origin of conception

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

SYNONYMS FOR conception
3. See idea.

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

Can be confusedconcept conception inception

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British Dictionary definitions for conceptional

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 Formsconceptional or conceptive, adjective

Word Origin for conception

C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive

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Word Origin and History for conceptional

conception

n.

early 14c., "act of conceiving," from Old French concepcion (Modern French conception) "conception, grasp, comprehension," from Latin conceptionem (nominative conceptio) "a comprehending, conception," noun of action from stem of concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with reference to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense "process of forming concepts" is late 14c. Meaning "that which is conceived in the mind" is from 1520s; "general notion" is from 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for conceptional

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 conceptional

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 conceptional

conception

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

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