• WordNet 3.6
    • n gestation the conception and development of an idea or plan
    • n gestation the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
    • n gestation the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humans and cows have the same gestation period, which is about nine months
    • Gestation Exercise in which one is borne or carried, as on horseback, or in a carriage, without the exertion of his own powers; passive exercise.
    • Gestation The act of carrying young in the womb from conception to delivery; pregnancy.
    • Gestation The act of wearing (clothes or ornaments).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.
    • n gestation A bearing or carrying; exercise by being carried.
    • n gestation The act or condition of carrying young in the womb from conception to delivery; pregnancy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gestation jes-tā′shun the act of carrying the young in the womb, pregnancy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gestatio, a bearing, carrying, fr. gestare, to bear, carry, intens. fr. gerere, gestum, to bear: cf. F. gestation,. See Gest deed, Jest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gestation-emgestāre, -ātum, to carry—gerĕre, to bear.


In literature:

It is scarcely necessary to say that all medical testimony concurs in forbidding indulgence during gestation.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Very often the so-called shock or fright which the mother experiences during gestation is simply a product of her imagination.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
The obscure gestation of a new ideal is accomplished with pangs of anguish.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
This may bring on abortion, or the womb may close and gestation continue to the full term.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The period of gestation is nine-months.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The development of the ovule in the womb is known as gestation or pregnancy.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
Seems we have just the right climate here for gestating Grdznth, even better than at home.
"PRoblem" by Alan Edward Nourse
Are the additions made during this period of gestation drawn from matter?
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
This meant that for them the tomb was, as it were, a second gestation, preparing them for another life.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The period of their gestation is longer, and results in the birth of a higher organism.
"Evolution" by Frank B. Jevons
The usual gestation period for wolves is about 63 days (Brown 1936).
"An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf" by Thomas F. Weise
This quiet, peaceful winter was perhaps for her a period of gestation.
"The Promise of Air" by Algernon Blackwood
The indication this affords of the fitness of woman for impregnation, gestation, and parturition, is obvious.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
Bramans use a porcupine quill for parting their wives' hair in a ceremony connected with the period of gestation known as simantam.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
The organisation of a morbid predisposition may be largely influenced by an accident accompanying conception or gestation.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
Death also occurs comparatively often in the first period of gestation.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess
Smart was born earlier than the usual period of gestation, which might occasion a tenderness of constitution.
"The Baptist Magazine, Vol. 27, June 1835" by Various
The Placenta begins to be formed about the third month of gestation, and continues to develop steadily from that time.
"Private Sex Advice to Women" by R. B. Armitage
"A System of Midwifery" by Edward Rigby
The period of gestation is lengthy and its processes are obscure.
"'I Believe' and other essays" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In poetry:

Against these, too, will Time prevail?
No! Let whatever gestates, be,
Secure will last the tender tale
From Bethlehem to Calvary.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman and " Gestational Carrier" Have a Baby.
A Woman, Not a ' Gestational Carrier'.
Early-pregnancy Weight Gain Linked to Gestational Diabetes.
There are many different types of health problems and complications that can arise during a pregnancy, and one of the most common is gestational diabetes.
The man behind the new Starz drama told THR about the childhood memories that went into the long-gestating project and how he dealt with an awkward, major storyline.
Colorado's "Implied Warranty of Habitability for Residential Tenancies" is just a 10-month-old baby, born during the 2008 legislative session following a gestation period of 50 years.
After a decade's gestation and four titles, Stephen Sondheim 's Road Show finally rolls into town.
The company will release its TotalStorage SAN File System, formerly Storage Tank , after almost five years of gestation.
Gestation crates have come under fire by animal rights groups because they are barely bigger than the pigs themselves.
We evaluated a 5-month-old girl who had been born at 27 weeks of gestation.
In a sneak preview from Tuesday's all-new episode of Giuliana & Bill, the couple visited their gestational carrier and Dr William Schoolcraft at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine in Denver to attend their very first ultrasound.
Linus, Oliver and Miles Kocke were delivered at 33 weeks and two days, the average gestation time for triplets .
In June, 2006, a 29-year-old woman underwent a termination of pregnancy at 35 weeks of gestation, because the fetus had been found to have porencephaly.
After years of gestation in IEEE meetings and papers, Audio Video Bridging (AVB) is making the transition from engineering consensus to hardware reality.
Gestation for a giraffe is around 15 months.

In science:

The gestation period of life had to have been less than the umbilical mound’s delivery of the formative hydrothermal solution, i.e., certainly less than 3 million years, and probably less than 30,000 years (Fr¨uh-Green et al. 2003).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Additional covariates include mother’s smoking status during pregnancy, gestational age and birth-weight standardized for age (1 = abnormal, 0 = normal).
A generalized linear mixed model for longitudinal binary data with a marginal logit link function
Children with younger gestational age and lower birth-weight (standardized for gestational age) may also be at risk for cardiac problems.
A generalized linear mixed model for longitudinal binary data with a marginal logit link function
This experiment has had an extraordinarily long gestation period as initial discussions between Bill Fairbank, Leonard Schiff and Bob Cannon at the Stanford men’s swimming pool in 1958 combined with Francis Everitt joining the effort in 1962 culminated in the launch in 2004.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
All these values must, of course, still to be increased by the gestation time of the chemical elements.
The Hubble Constant: A Summary of the HST Program for the Luminosity Calibration of Type Ia Supernovae by Means of Cepheids