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gestation

[je-stey-shuh n] /dʒɛˈsteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the process, state, or period of gestating.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin gestātiōn- (stem of gestātiō), equivalent to gestāt(us) (see gestate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
gestational, gestative
[jes-tuh-tiv, je-stey-] /ˈdʒɛs tə tɪv, dʒɛˈsteɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The resulting embryo then descends into the uterus and attaches itself for gestation.
  • Translation: expensive publicity for an idea that was already in gestation.
  • We don't suddenly become human at some point during gestation.
  • Each canvas represented a long, morose gestation spent in solitary thought.
  • Cook's biggest strength is moving products from gestation to the hands of over-eager customers.
  • The gestation stretched out to five years, but the original blueprint apparently was sound.
  • If there were economic causes of that revolt, they probably had a long gestation.
  • After a normal gestation period, the cloned foals are born.
  • That's plugging along well, with the manuscript's due date the end of this year, and its gestation so far on target.
  • The extraordinary length of the book's gestation meant that much changed between conception and publication.
British Dictionary definitions for gestation

gestation

/dʒɛˈsteɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the development of the embryo of a viviparous mammal, between conception and birth: about 266 days in humans, 624 days in elephants, and 63 days in cats
  2. (as modifier): gestation period
2.
the development of an idea or plan in the mind
3.
the period of such a development
Derived Forms
gestational, gestative (ˈdʒɛstətɪv; dʒɛˈsteɪ-) adjective
gestatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin gestātiō a bearing, from gestāre to bear, frequentative of gerere to carry
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Word Origin and History for gestation
n.

1530s, "riding on horseback, etc., as a form of exercise," from Latin gestationem (nominative gestatio) "a carrying," noun of action from gestare "bear, carry, gestate," frequentative of gerere (past participle gestus) "to bear, carry, bring forth" (see gest). Meaning "action or process of carrying young in the womb" is from 1610s.

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gestation in Medicine

gestation ges·ta·tion (jě-stā'shən)
n.
The period of fetal development from conception until birth; pregnancy.

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gestation in Science
gestation
  (jě-stā'shən)   
The period of time spent in the uterus between conception and birth. Gestation in humans is about nine months.
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Encyclopedia Article for gestation

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)

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