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GESTATION, med. jur. The time during which a female, who has conceived, carries the embryo or foetus in her uterus. By the common consent of mankind, the term of gestation is considered to be ten lunar months, or forty weeks, equal to nine calendar months and a week. This period has been adopted, because general observation, when it could be correctly made, has proved its correctness. Cyclop. of Pract. Med. vol. 4, p. 87, art. Succession of inheritance. But this may vary one, two, or three weeks. Co. Litt. 123 b, Harg. & Butler's, note 190*; Ryan's Med. Jurisp. 121; Coop. Med. Jur: 18; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 203-211; 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 478. See Pregnancy.

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At the beating heart of Alien was one unforgettable scene: the moment crew member Kane collapsed during dinner and the creature which, to everyone's horror, had been gestating inside his chest burst out.
In the current study, ewes were fed either Control diets (100% of NRC requirements for gestating ewes), Low diets (60% of Control), or High diets (140% of control) from day 50 of gestation until lambing.
Dylan said the idea to open his own business had been gestating long before Burgess closed its Llangefni branch.
That 1973 Hovis advert--helmed by Hollywood giant Ridley Scott when Alien was still a foetus gestating in its scriptwriter's chest--is as iconic as it gets, and was named the nation's favourite commercial in a 2006 poll.
Much like the young Noel Gallagher, they have spent years gestating their song-writing craft.
Remembering that the project has been gestating for the best part of ten years, and even allowing for the many and varied setbacks, it seems odd that the track will come into being with a made-up infield service road for medical and veterinary vehicles that does not cover the complete circuit.
It was the show she created but left before the seventh season, thereby denying herself the chance to conclude it with the final line she had long said was gestating in her head:
In this era, direct physical examinations of women by male physicians constituted an assault on modesty and privacy, so the interior of the gestating body was poorly understood.
Paul Singleton, speaking on behalf of Frenson, said: "This scheme has been gestating for a very long time-years rather than months.
In recent days, we have seen small stories on how scientists have spurred the growth of adult brain stem cells in mice offering hope for neurological diseases, how a patient's own adult stem cells might treat heart disease, how mouse bone marrow stem cells might help diabetes by morphing into insulin creating cells, and how stem cells found in amniotic fluid might help treat gestating fetuses with developmental defects.
Because of ultrasound examinations, many Asian women--most notably in China but also in South Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, and India--now learn the sex of their gestating infant in advance, and many are choosing to terminate female fetuses.