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English definition of “gestation”

gestation

noun [U] (BABY)    /dʒesˈteɪ.ʃən/ specialized
(the period of) the development of a child or young animal while it is still inside its mother's body: The baby was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. The period of gestation of rats is 21 days.Animal reproduction gestate     /-ˈteɪt/ verb [I]
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