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n. a pregnant woman. The use of a Roman numeral after the term indicates the number of pregnancies a particular woman has undergone (e.g., gravida IV indicates a woman in her fourth pregnancy). In contrast, the term gravid (adj.) is used primarily to describe an egg-laying organism, usually a fish or reptile, when it is carrying eggs. See also multigravida; primigravida.

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May 26th 2024



n. ending a session in psychotherapy or counseling. Approaches to closing vary among therapists: Some allow the client to initiate the end of the session; others initiate it themselves.