Today's Word of the Day means...
gestation ges·ta·tion (jě-stā'shən)
The period of fetal development from conception until birth; pregnancy.
in mammals, the time between conception and birth, during which the embryo or fetus is developing in the uterus. This definition raises occasional difficulties because in some species (e.g., monkeys and man) the exact time of conception may not be known. In these cases the beginning of gestation is usually dated from some well-defined point in the reproductive cycle (e.g., the beginning of the previous menstrual period)