[ preg-nuh n-see ]
/ ˈprɛg nən si /

noun, plural preg·nan·cies.

the state, condition, or quality of being pregnant.

Origin of pregnancy

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


post·preg·nan·cy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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Medical 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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Scientific 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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