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
  1. noun
    the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)
    synonyms: gestation period
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    biological time
    the time of various biological processes
  2. noun
    the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    the conception and development of an idea or plan
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    construction, mental synthesis
    the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
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