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Pronunciation: preg'nan-se

Definition: The state of a female after conception and until the termination of the gestation.

Synonym(s): fetation, gestation, gravidism, graviditas

[L. praegnans (praegnant-), pregnant, fr. prae, before, + gnascor, pp. natus, to be born]

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