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Gestation GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

Gestation GRE Vocabulary Flashcard

/dʒesˈteɪ.ʃən/ (noun)


the development of fetus inside the mother’s body or womb or this developmental period, carrying of offspring in womb, incubation, gravidity, development, growth, pregnancy, maturation


The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined preterm birth as delivery before 37 completed weeks of gestation. By convention, gestational age is reported in terms of completed weeks (i.e., one never rounds gestational age up, so 36 weeks and 6 days of gestation is 36 weeks and not 37 weeks of gestation). This definition makes the distinction between being born early and being born too small. Determining when natural conception takes place is difficult, so birth weight (not gestational age) was initially used as a proxy measure for maturity. Although some infants are both too small and born too early, small infants can be either fullterm or preterm.


Parts of speech

Verb: gestate

Adjective: gestational

Adverb: gestationally

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