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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And in both, the gestural stroke plays a central role: If Lichtenstein's women's hair is born from the gestative hands of Washing Machine, their locks come to maturity, finally, in the depicted gestural marks filling his Brushstroke works, all of which appear as so many clippings lifted from the floor of these women's obviously shared stylist.
The fascination with recreating the movements and liaisons, feuds and collaborations, drinking sprees and dinner parties of now-canonical authors and painters during their time of gestative obscurity is an industry not entirely satisfied by reliance on memoir alone.
This kind of gestative propensity calls for the "line drawing" familiar in the judicial, as in the legislative process: "thus far but not beyond." Perspectives may change, but our conclusion is that Stanley represents such a line of demarcation ....(122)