Sinonimi: gestation period
ETYM Latin gestatio a bearing, carrying, from gestare to bear, carry, intens. from gerere, gestum, to bear: cf. French gestation. Related to Gest deed, Jest.
The period during which an embryo develops (about 266 days in humans); SYN. gestation period.
In all mammals except the monotremes (platypus and spiny anteaters), the period from the time of implantation of the embryo in the uterus to birth. This period varies among species; in humans it is about 266 days, in elephants 18–22 months, in cats about 60 days, and in some species of marsupial (such as opossum) as short as 12 days.