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gestationnoun [U]

uk   us   /dʒesˈteɪ.ʃən/

gestation noun [U] (BABY)

specialized biology (the ​period of) the ​development of a ​child or ​younganimal while it is still inside ​its mother's ​body: The ​baby was ​bornprematurely at 28 ​weeks gestation. The period of gestation ofrats is 21 ​days.

gestation noun [U] (IDEA)

(the ​period of) the ​development of ​ideas, ​thoughts, or ​plans: The ​project had a very ​long gestation period.
gestate
verb [I] uk   us   /-ˈteɪt/
(Definition of gestation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gestationnoun [U]

 us   /dʒeˈsteɪ·ʃən/
(the ​period of) the development of a ​child or ​younganimal inside ​its mother’s ​uterus: The gestation ​period of ​rats is 21 ​days.
(Definition of gestation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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