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gestation (n.)

"action or process of carrying young in the womb," 1610s, earlier (1530s) "riding on horseback, etc., as a form of exercise," from Latin gestationem (nominative gestatio) "a carrying," noun of action from past-participle stem of gestare "bear, carry, gestate," frequentative of gerere (past participle gestus) "to bear, carry, bring forth" (see gest). Meaning "action or process of carrying young in the womb" is from 1610s.

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Definitions of gestation from WordNet

gestation (n.)
the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans);
Synonyms: gestation period
gestation (n.)
the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus;
Synonyms: pregnancy / maternity
gestation (n.)
the conception and development of an idea or plan;
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