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1technical Carrying eggs or young; pregnant:‘the retroverted gravid uterus’
expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a childView synonyms
- ‘Studies have shown a similar incidence of major depressive episodes in matched gravid and nongravid women, so pregnancy appears to have neither a protective nor a detrimental effect.’
- ‘This was a large-scale, anatomical publication filled with high-quality engravings of the gravid, or pregnant, uterus.’
- ‘In addition to concerns about the difficulty of making a prompt and accurate diagnosis, the displacement of the appendix by the gravid uterus has resulted in controversy about the optimal site of abdominal incision for appendectomy.’
- ‘Her physical examination was remarkable only for a gravid abdomen with minimal flank tenderness and absent breath sounds over the left side of the chest.’
- ‘In the third trimester the most important factor is compression of the inferior vena cava and impairment of venous return by the gravid uterus when the woman lies supine.’
2Full of meaning or a specified quality:‘the scene is gravid with unease’
- ‘And that is what this gentle, loving book does; the text is stripped of verbiage but gravid with sentiment, and the small, spare drawings are framed and static.’
- ‘One word can be so gravid with meaning that it could ignite the outrage of citizens, the deployment of troops, the legal obligation of action.’
- ‘We could say that the interpretation, gravid with significance, has an essentially poetic form.’
- ‘His timing was bad: the Warwick agreement, gravid with promise, had just been signed.’
- ‘Music seems gravid with meaning. We talk not solely of a person's enjoying music but of his understanding or misunderstanding it.’
Late 16th century: from Latin gravidus laden, pregnant, from gravis heavy.
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