pregnancy

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

Origin of pregnancy

1
First recorded in 1520–30; pregn(ant)1 + -ancy

Other words from pregnancy

  • post·preg·nan·cy, adjective

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How to use pregnancy in a sentence

  • It has been asserted that compound pregnancies are more frequent in certain years than in others.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • We may remark, in closing this subject, that fewer plural births come to maturity than pregnancies with single children.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • Miscarriages are comparatively more frequent in such pregnancies than in ordinary ones.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • Protracted pregnancies are caused by a defect in the energy of the womb, induced by moral as well as physical influences.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • It seldom attacks those passing through their first pregnancies.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys

British Dictionary definitions for pregnancy

pregnancy

/ (ˈprɛɡnənsɪ) /


nounplural -cies
  1. the state or condition of being pregnant

  2. the period from conception to childbirth

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Scientific definitions for pregnancy

pregnancy

[ prĕgnən-sē ]


  1. The condition of carrying developing offspring within the body.

  2. The time period during which this condition exists; gestation.

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