One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Carry a fetus in the womb from conception to birth.‘rabbits gestate for approximately twenty-eight days’
- ‘So how close are we to creating fully functioning artificial wombs, capable of gestating a human child from the embryonic stage to the fetal stage to a state of viability?’
- ‘One person - the father - contributes genetic material and the other - the mother - contributes genetic material as well as gestates and gives birth to the child.’
- ‘Unlike females, which must gestate then rear their offspring, males can breed any time.’
- ‘A foetus is conceived, gestated and nourished only by its mother - the father is locked out.’
- ‘It would be possible for one partner to donate the egg, for the other partner to donate the cell nucleus with its DNA, and for the first partner to gestate and give birth to the child.’
- ‘In similar experiments, scientists in Spain have produced live ibex kids from ibex embryos implanted and gestated in domestic goats.’
- ‘The baby is a clone of the 30-year-old American woman who donated the DNA for the cloning process, had the resulting embryo implanted and then gestated the baby.’
- ‘Animals which are currently threatened with extinction may be saved by the use of frozen embryos and IVF technology which uses related species to gestate embryos.’
- 1.1 (of a fetus) undergo gestation.
- ‘Sometimes you can just see it in their faces, that they want to ask me if I have a fetus gestating in there, but that they don't quite dare.’
- ‘The infant gestated for six months before being removed into an incubator.’
- ‘In 2170, when the first batch of Gammas was gestating in their artificial wombs, removing the irillium was proposed.’
- ‘One litter of approximately four to five young is suckled while the next brood is gestating.’
- ‘I think it might be because human babies gestate slightly longer.’
- ‘Here's some stuff I didn't know before going to the lengths I went to to become pregnant: these kids gestate for ten months, not nine.’
- ‘The moon affects the tides, a women's monthly cycle and a mouse gestates for 28 days.’
- ‘The new embryo would then be implanted in the uterus of a pregnant mouse, chimpanzee, or human to gestate until birth.’
- ‘I'm proud of my baby body, knowing that it gave my son a comfy vessel in which to gestate and has been the source of all his nourishment since birth.’
- 1.2 Develop over a long period.‘a series that has been gestating for three years’
- ‘Fortunately, Oliver likes to gestate her evening-length dances over a long period and says she feels that this process melds well with the demands of university life.’
- ‘In all the years since then he has been gestating this tremendous book about a city unique not just in Europe, but in the entire history of humanity.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin gestat- ‘carried in the womb’, from the verb gestare.
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