Period of time from conception to birth.
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SYN: pregnancy. [L. gestatio, from gesto, pp. gestatus, to bear]

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ges·ta·tion je-'stā-shən n
1) the carrying of young in the uterus from conception to delivery: PREGNANCY
ges·ta·tion·al -shnəl, -shən-əl adj

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the period during which a fertilized egg cell develops into a baby that is ready to be delivered. Gestation averages 266 days in humans (or 280 days from the first day of the last menstrual period). See also pregnancy.

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ges·ta·tion (jes-taґshən) [L. gestatio] pregnancy. gestational adj

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