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[preg-nuh n-see]
noun, plural preg·nan·cies.
  1. the state, condition, or quality of being pregnant.
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Origin of pregnancy

First recorded in 1520–30; pregn(ant)1 + -ancy
Related formspost·preg·nan·cy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for post-pregnancy


noun plural -cies
  1. the state or condition of being pregnant
  2. the period from conception to childbirth
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Word Origin and History for post-pregnancy



1520s (originally figurative), from pregnant (adj.1) + -cy. Literal use attested from 1590s.

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post-pregnancy in Medicine


  1. The condition of a woman or female mammal from conception until birth; the condition of being pregnant.
  2. The period during which a woman or female mammal is pregnant.cyesis
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post-pregnancy in Science


  1. The condition of carrying developing offspring within the body.
  2. The time period during which this condition exists; gestation.
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