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Origin of gravid

1590–1600; < Latin gravidus, equivalent to grav(is) burdened, loaded + -idus -id4
Related formsgra·vid·i·ty [gruh-vid-i-tee] /grəˈvɪd ɪ ti/, grav·id·ness, noungrav·id·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for gravid


  1. the technical word for pregnant
Derived Formsgravidity or gravidness, noungravidly, adverb

Word Origin for gravid

C16: from Latin gravidus, from gravis heavy
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Word Origin and History for gravid

"pregnant," 1590s, from Latin gravidus "loaded; pregnant," from gravis "burdened, heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Gravidation "pregnancy" is attested from mid-15c.

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gravid in Medicine


  1. Carrying eggs or developing young.
Related formsgra•vidi•ty (grə-vĭdĭ-tē) null n.
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