artificial insemination


: introduction of semen into the uterus or oviduct by other than natural means

Examples of artificial insemination in a Sentence

children conceived through artificial insemination
Recent Examples on the Web The artificial insemination process helps zoos grow populations of declining species, such as African elephants. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 1 Mar. 2024 The event was historic because the calf was the first-ever elephant in the world born via artificial insemination from a mother who was also born through the same procedure. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 Elijah was conceived by artificial insemination in 2017. Francesca Gariano, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 In 2004, Walnut came to the institute, where scientists can breed cranes using artificial insemination. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 For these reasons, along with the breeding problems kakapo have in the wild because males outnumber females (who do not lay many eggs to begin with), scientists have relied on artificial insemination. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 The elephant, which does not not have a name, was born Feb. 17 at the Toledo Zoo after a successful artificial insemination process. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 1 Mar. 2024 Written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI, the document addressed a variety of fertility technologies, like artificial insemination, I.V.F. and surrogacy. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2024 Bai Yun's first cub, Hua Mei, was also the first panda born through artificial insemination to survive into adulthood outside of China, and would go on to produce 12 cubs on her own after she was sent to China. CBS News, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of artificial insemination was in 1881

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“Artificial insemination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

artificial insemination

: introduction of semen into part of the female reproductive tract (as the cervical opening, uterus, or fallopian tube) by other than natural means

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