[ je-stey-shuh n ]
/ dʒɛˈsteɪ ʃən /
the process, state, or period of gestating.
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Origin of gestation
OTHER WORDS FROM gestationges·ta·tion·al, ges·ta·tive [jes-tuh-tiv, je-stey-] /ˈdʒɛs tə tɪv, dʒɛˈsteɪ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gestational
/ (dʒɛˈsteɪʃən) /
- the development of the embryo of a viviparous mammal, between conception and birth: about 266 days in humans, 624 days in elephants, and 63 days in cats
- (as modifier)gestation period
the development of an idea or plan in the mind
the period of such a development
Derived forms of gestationgestational or gestative (ˈdʒɛstətɪv, dʒɛˈsteɪ-), adjectivegestatory, adjective
Word Origin for gestation
C16: from Latin gestātiō a bearing, from gestāre to bear, frequentative of gerere to carry
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Medical definitions for gestational
[ jĕ-stā′shən ]
The period of fetal development from conception until birth; pregnancy.
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Scientific definitions for gestational
[ jĕ-stā′shən ]
The period of time spent in the uterus between conception and birth. Gestation in humans is about nine months.
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