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conception

[kuh n-sep-shuh n] /kənˈsɛp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of conceiving; the state of being conceived.
2.
fertilization; inception of pregnancy.
3.
a notion; idea; concept:
She has some odd conceptions about life.
4.
something that is conceived:
That machine is the conception of a genius.
5.
origination; beginning:
The organization has been beset by problems from its conception.
6.
a design; plan.
7.
a sketch of something not actually existing:
an artist's conception of ancient Athens.
8.
the act or power of forming notions, ideas, or concepts.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English concepcion < Latin conceptiōn- (stem of conceptiō), equivalent to Latin concept- (see concept) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conceptional, adjective
conceptive, adjective
postconception, adjective
reconception, noun
Can be confused
concept, conception, inception.
Synonyms
3. See idea.
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British Dictionary definitions for conception

conception

/kənˈsɛpʃən/
noun
1.
something conceived; notion, idea, design, or plan
2.
the description under which someone considers something: her conception of freedom is wrong
3.
the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm in the Fallopian tube followed by implantation in the womb
4.
origin or beginning: from its conception the plan was a failure
5.
the act or power of forming notions; invention
Derived Forms
conceptional, conceptive, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin conceptiō, from concipere to conceive
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Word Origin and History for conception
n.

early 14c., "act of conceiving," from Old French concepcion (Modern French conception) "conception, grasp, comprehension," from Latin conceptionem (nominative conceptio) "a comprehending, conception," noun of action from stem of concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with reference to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense "process of forming concepts" is late 14c. Meaning "that which is conceived in the mind" is from 1520s; "general notion" is from 1785.

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conception in Medicine

conception con·cep·tion (kən-sěp'shən)
n.

  1. The act of forming a general idea or notion.

  2. The formation of a viable zygote by the union of a spermatozoon and an ovum; fertilization.

  3. See concept.

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conception in Science
conception
  (kən-sěp'shən)   
The formation of a zygote resulting from the union of a sperm and egg cell; fertilization.
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conception in Culture

conception definition


Fertilization; the union of the sperm and ovum to form a zygote. (See reproductive systems.)

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