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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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The significance of the phenomenon is manifested by fetal and placental abnormalities that are associated with increased rates of pregnancy losses, particularly in the first 60 days of gestation (11, 17, 18, 19), and placental and fetal alterations that culminate in hydrops of the fetal membranes, late abortion, prolonged gestation, diminished signs of parturition, dystocia and birth of large calves with lower postnatal survival (5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).