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gestation

 
Noun gestation has 3 senses
  1. gestation, gestation period - the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)
    --1 is a kind of biological time
    --1 has parts: term, full term; midterm; trimester
    Derived form: verb gestate2
  2. pregnancy, gestation, maternity - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
    --2 is a kind of physiological state, physiological condition
    --2 has parts:
     cleavage, segmentation; quickening; parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed; morning sickness
    --2 has particulars:
     trouble; gravidity, gravidness, gravidation; gravida; parity, para; ectopic pregnancy, extrauterine pregnancy, ectopic gestation, extrauterine gestation, eccyesis, metacyesis; entopic pregnancy; placenta previa
    Derived form: verb gestate2
  3. gestation - the conception and development of an idea or plan
    --3 is a kind of
    construction, mental synthesis
    Derived form: verb gestate1
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