GC: n

S: WHO – (last access: 18 November 2014); WebMD – (last access: 18 November 2014)

N: 1. 1520s from Latin praegnantem (nominative praegnans, originally praegnas) “with child,” literally “before birth,” probably from prae– “before” + root of gnasci “be born”; + -cy, abstract noun suffix of quality or rank, from Latin -cia, -tia, from Greek -kia, -tia, from abstract ending -ia + stem ending -c- or -t-. Literal use attested from 1590s.
2. The condition of having a developing embryo or fetus in the body, after union of an ovum and spermatozoon.
3. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention, among many others, Shakespeare’s Images of Pregnancy (1980) by Elizabeth Merilynne Sacks.

S: 1. OED – y (last access: 18 November 2014). 2. TERMIUM PLUS (last access: 18 November 2014). 3. (last access: 7 May 2016).


CR: abortion, afterpains, Cesarean section, childbed, childbirth, embryo, fetus, folic acid, midwife, nulligravida, nullipara, prolactin, ultrasonography.