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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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Occasionally these visual symptoms may indicate a more serious pregnancy-related condition, such as gestatory diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia or eclampsia.
Mounting embryological research had done little to erode the widespread belief that a woman's mental state and desires could affect and distort the child in her womb, even turning it into a monster.(60) It was assumed that frustrated maternal longings could mark and injure the fetus, and, as one eighteenth-century gynecological textbook explained, any excessive feeling might "impress a Depravity of Nature upon the Infant's Mind, and Deformity on its Body."(61) Suggesting that the development and birth of the vipers is the result of a Mother Plot, Dryden's image exonerates the father by emphasizing the gestatory danger of a certain kind of intensive maternal thinking.(62)
As David Willbern notes, the Prologue's claims of theatrical inefficacy are coupled with its portrayal of the theater as an essentially female space: a pregnant, womblike, crammable O that is expected to bring forth heroes of the past full-blown.(18) Although the Prologue's reference to "this swelling scene" might be interpreted as phallic as much as gestatory, further lines develop the theater as a scene of feminine reproduction, as the "cockpit" that both holds ("girdles") and brings forth the theatrical scene.