Meaning of “gestation” in the English Dictionary

(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 young animal 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)