Gestation is the period of time when something is conceived and developed. The gestation period for human babies lasts nine months.

Gestation comes from the Latin gestare, which means to bear, or give birth to. We can talk about the gestation of fetus before it's born, but we also use gestation to talk about ideas. If you've been vaguely thinking about starting a revolution for the last year, then that idea has been in gestation.

Definitions of gestation

n the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)

gestation period
Type of:
biological time
the time of various biological processes

n the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

maternity, pregnancy
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an unwanted pregnancy
gravidation, gravidity, gravidness
technical terms for pregnancy
the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in
para, parity
(obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered
eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, metacyesis
pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus
entopic pregnancy
pregnancy resulting from normal gestation in the uterus
placenta previa
pregnancy in which the placenta is implanted in the lower part of the uterus (instead of the upper part); can cause bleeding late in pregnancy; delivery by cesarean section may be necessary
abdominal pregnancy
ectopic pregnancy in the abdominal cavity
ovarian pregnancy
ectopic pregnancy in the ovary
tubal pregnancy
ectopic pregnancy in a Fallopian tube
Type of:
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

n the conception and development of an idea or plan

Type of:
construction, mental synthesis
the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought

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