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Definition of Period, gestation

Period, gestation: The period of development of the young from the time of conception until birth. For humans the full gestation period is normally 9 months.

The word "gestation" comes from the Latin "gestare" meaning "to carry or to bear."

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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