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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gestation mean? 

  The noun GESTATION has 3 senses:

1. the period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)
2. the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
3. the conception and development of an idea or plan

  Familiarity information: GESTATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1gestation [BACK TO TOP]


The period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations


gestation; gestation period

Hypernyms ("gestation" is a kind of...):

biological time (the time of various biological processes)

Meronyms (parts of "gestation"):

full term; term (the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent)

midterm (the middle of the gestation period)

trimester (a period of three months; especially one of the three three-month periods into which human pregnancy is divided)

Sense 2gestation [BACK TO TOP]


The state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


maternity; pregnancy; gestation

Hypernyms ("gestation" is a kind of...):

physiological condition; physiological state (the state of the body or bodily functions)

Meronyms (parts of "gestation"):

morning sickness (nausea early in the day; a characteristic symptom in the early months of pregnancy)

childbed; confinement; labor; labour; lying-in; parturiency; travail (concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child)

quickening (the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus)

cleavage; segmentation ((embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum)

Domain member category:

endometrium ((pregnancy) the mucous membrane that lines the uterus; thickens under hormonal control and (if pregnancy does not occur) is shed in menstruation; if pregnancy occurs it is shed along with the placenta at parturition)

stretch mark (a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin (as on abdominal skin after pregnancy))

amnio; amniocentesis ((pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities)

phlebothrombosis; venous thrombosis (thrombosis of a vein without prior inflammation of the vein; associated with sluggish blood flow (as in prolonged bedrest or pregnancy or surgery) or with rapid coagulation of the blood)

fetal movement; foetal movement (motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gestation"):

trouble (an unwanted pregnancy)

gravidation; gravidity; gravidness (technical terms for pregnancy)

gravida (the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in)

para; parity ((obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered)

eccyesis; ectopic gestation; ectopic pregnancy; extrauterine gestation; extrauterine pregnancy; metacyesis (pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus)

entopic pregnancy (pregnancy resulting from normal gestation in the uterus)

placenta previa (pregnancy in which the placenta is implanted in the lower part of the uterus (instead of the upper part); can cause bleeding late in pregnancy; delivery by cesarean section may be necessary)

Sense 3gestation [BACK TO TOP]


The conception and development of an idea or plan

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("gestation" is a kind of...):

construction; mental synthesis (the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought)

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