gestation period

gestation period
the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)
Syn: ↑gestation
Derivationally related forms: ↑gestational (for: ↑gestation), ↑gestate (for: ↑gestation)
Hypernyms: ↑biological time
Part Meronyms: ↑term, ↑full term, ↑midterm, ↑trimester

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noun also gestation
: the length of time during which gestation takes place

the gestation period of a mare is about eleven months — F.A.Wrensch

a new line of presses that would have a gestation period of about five years from drawing board to introduction — Joel Dean

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  • gestation — gestational, gestative /jes teuh tiv, je stay /, adj. /je stay sheuhn/, n. the process, state, or period of gestating. [1525 35; < L gestation (s. of gestatio), equiv. to gestat(us) (see GESTATE) + ion ION] * * * ▪ biology       in mammals, the… …   Universalium

  • gestation — [[t]ʤeste͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Gestation is the process in which babies grow inside their mother s body before they are born. [TECHNICAL] ...the seventeenth week of gestation... The gestation period can be anything between 95 and 150 days. 2) …   English dictionary

  • gestation — ges|ta|tion [dʒeˈsteıʃən] n [singular, U] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: gestatio, from gestare to bear ] 1.) medical the process by which a child or young animal develops inside its mother s body before birth, or the period of time when this …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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