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superfetation

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noun su·per·fe·ta·tion \-fē-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of superfetation

  1. :  a progressive accumulation or accretion reaching an excessive degree



Origin and Etymology of superfetation

Medieval Latin superfetation-, superfetatio, from Latin superfetare to conceive while already pregnant, from super- + fetare to bear young, from fetus newly delivered — more at fetus


First Known Use: 1642


Medical Dictionary

superfetation

noun su·per·fe·ta·tion

Medical Definition of superfetation

  1. :  successive fertilization of two or more ova of different ovulations resulting in the presence of embryos of unlike ages in the same uterus



Variants of superfetation

or chiefly British

superfoetation

\ˌsü-pər-fē-ˈtā-shən\play

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