gestational (gesˈtational) or gestative (ˈdʒɛstətɪv, dʒɛˈsteɪ-)
Word origin of 'gestation'
C16: from Latin gestātiō a bearing, from gestāre to bear, frequentative of gerere to carry
gestation for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (dʒesteɪʃən)
1. uncountable noun
Gestation is the process in which babies grow inside their mother's body before they are born. [technical] ⇒ ...the seventeenth week of gestation. ⇒ The gestation period can be anything between 95 and 150 days.
2. uncountable noun
Gestation is the process in which an idea or plan develops. [formal] [+ of] ⇒ ...the prolonged period of gestation of this design.