[ preg-nuh n-see ]
/ ˈprɛg nən si /

noun, plural preg·nan·cies.

the state, condition, or quality of being pregnant.

Nearby words

  1. preggy,
  2. pregl,
  3. pregl, fritz,
  4. preglacial,
  5. pregnable,
  6. pregnancy gingivitis,
  7. pregnane,
  8. pregnanediol,
  9. pregnanedione,
  10. pregnanetriol

Origin of pregnancy

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

Related formspost·preg·nan·cy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pregnancy


/ (ˈprɛɡnənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or condition of being pregnant
the period from conception to childbirth
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Word Origin and History for pregnancy



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pregnancy


[ prĕgnən-sē ]


The condition of a woman or female mammal from conception until birth; the condition of being pregnant.
The period during which a woman or female mammal is pregnant.cyesis

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Science definitions for pregnancy


[ prĕgnən-sē ]

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