|1.||a. 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|
|b. (as modifier): gestation period|
|2.||the development of an idea or plan in the mind|
|3.||the period of such a development|
|[C16: from Latin gestātiō a bearing, from gestāre to bear, frequentative of gerere to carry]|
gestation ges·ta·tion (jě-stā'shən)
The period of fetal development from conception until birth; pregnancy.
|gestation (jě-stā'shən) Pronunciation Key
The period of time spent in the uterus between conception and birth. Gestation in humans is about nine months.