gestation vs maternity what difference

what is difference between gestation and maternity

English

Etymology

From Latin gestatio.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: jĕstāshən, IPA(key): /dʒesˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

gestation (countable and uncountable, plural gestations)

  1. The period of time during which an infant animal or human physically develops inside the mother’s body until it is born.
  2. The process of development of a plan or idea.
    • 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) pg. 149:
      It was to a conversation with another friend who had for many years been familiar with all my writings during the period of their gestation, just as I had been with his.

Synonyms

  • pregnancy

Derived terms

  • gestation period

Translations

Further reading

  • gestation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • gestation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

French

Etymology

From Latin gestātiō.

Pronunciation

Noun

gestation f (plural gestations)

  1. gestation

Further reading

  • “gestation” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


English

Etymology

From French maternité, from Latin māternitās.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /məˈtɜː(ɹ)nɪti/

Noun

maternity (countable and uncountable, plural maternities)

  1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
  2. The state of being pregnant; pregnancy.
  3. A ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born.

Synonyms

  • (ward): maternity ward

Antonyms

  • paternity (with respect to gender)

Related terms

  • maternity bra
  • maternity leave
  • maternity wear, maternitywear

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