Definition of gestation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process or period of developing inside the womb between conception and birth.

    • ‘In particular, folic acid is essential for hematopoiesis and has been shown to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects during gestation.’
    • ‘The earlier law banned practises such as implanting human embryos inside animals for gestation.’
    • ‘It has also been shown that heat stress in the middle to last third of gestation can reduce calf birthweight and subsequent milk production in the dam.’
    • ‘After fertilization, gestation ensues for 65-70 days.’
    • ‘If we find that the woman is positive for toxo, and has been infected during gestation, then there is a risk for the foetus to be infected.’
    • ‘Such interactions may act during gestation or shortly after birth in individuals born in the northern countries studied.’
    • ‘The most damage occurs early in gestation but even those babies who are infected late in pregnancy are at risk if they're not treated.’
    • ‘While studies during gestation and at birth provided ambiguous results, almost all the studies done around conception gave strong support to the Trivers-Willard hypothesis.’
    • ‘The further along the gestation, the greater the presumed entitlement of the developing human being to our respect and empathy.’
    • ‘For many animals, an entire biobehavioral cascade - courting, conception and gestation - is timed to ensure spring births.’
    • ‘That made us think about pre-natal folate levels, and whether not having enough folate in early gestation could increase your risk not only of neural tube defects but of schizophrenia also.’
    • ‘Stephen is presenting a theory of how language is related to physical gestation and birth.’
    • ‘This method allowed a physician to estimate fairly accurately the duration of gestation and, later on in the pregnancy, the size of the fetus.’
    • ‘Not only are females responsible for bearing all costs of gestation but they must also protect the fetus from harm.’
    • ‘Females bear one egg once a month that, if fertilised leads to months of gestation then birth and lactation, all of which poses great physical demands and a significant amount of time.’
    • ‘They are tales of conception and gestation, birth and rebirth.’
    • ‘Placental pathology has the potential to shed light on these issues because of its ability to identify and quantitate distinct pathologic processes occurring throughout gestation.’
    • ‘The reproductive cycle in the adult female consists of all processes leading to conception, gestation, and birth of offspring.’
    • ‘Clinical history should include complications of pregnancy, duration of gestation, and birth weight.’
    pregnancy, development, incubation, maturation, ripening
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    1. 1.1 The development of something over a period of time.
      ‘a thorough and painstaking work which was a long time in gestation’
      • ‘The other aspect is that it was captured by the green movement during its gestation and development, and now it lacks balance.’
      • ‘This is really the most radical aspect of the work, one that only came into being after a long gestation.’
      • ‘After such a long gestation, surely they cannot say the process has been rushed.’
      • ‘The sequence reeks of a pet-project so long in the gestation that the creators aren't prepared to ditch even one of the million ideas they came up with.’
      • ‘Produced after a ten-year gestation, this work is by turns enthralling, witty, and harrowing.’
      • ‘Rostropovich spent two summers with the ailing Prokofiev and was astonished at the patience with which his suggestions were received during the rewriting of the concerto and the gestation of other works.’
      • ‘During the gestation of the novel, he spent a week in Sariska with the author, who would dictate his text.’
      • ‘There is a lot of development work going on, but the gestation for projects is long, he notes.’
      • ‘We are able to concentrate exclusively on their evolution as a writer, on the gestation of their work, and on the freedom to revise and redesign our programs.’
      • ‘His paintings had a long gestation and longer execution during which the paint surface was built up by palette knife into a thick impasto.’
      • ‘Ten years is a lifetime for a project gestation.’
      • ‘He had been at the conception, gestation and birth of all of her designs.’
      • ‘In March 2002, after a long gestation, the gallery was split into two.’
      • ‘Of course, you could just as easily say the gestation of the play began when the prolific writer was only a teeny violin-toting tot.’
      • ‘Inevitably, the most rewarding sections are those which deal with the gestation of the well known operas.’
      • ‘The first line was finally opened in 1873 after a long gestation that began in 1837.’
      • ‘Unlike the colonial constitutions, the federal Constitution had a long gestation and took its authority from the people.’
      • ‘After a four-year gestation both English and French editions have been published.’
      • ‘Chitty is keen to get cast members more involved, to get their perspectives on the gestation of a piece without having to sit them down and interview them.’
      • ‘He seems, nevertheless, to have experienced some real difficulty with both the gestation and the planning of the novel.’
      development, origination, drafting, formation, evolution, emergence, coming into being, materializing
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Mid 16th century (denoting an excursion on horseback, in a carriage, etc., considered as exercise): from Latin gestatio(n-), from gestare ‘carry, carry in the womb’, frequentative of gerere ‘carry’.