artificial insemination

noun

Definition of 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

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The zoo first announced her pregnancy, which was achieved through artificial insemination, in March 2018. Emma Austin, USA TODAY, "It's a boy! Mikki the elephant gives birth to 200-pound calf at Louisville Zoo," 3 Aug. 2019 The zoo first announced her pregnancy, which was achieved through artificial insemination, in March 2018. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's a boy! Louisville Zoo baby elephant weighs in at 200-plus pounds," 3 Aug. 2019 As San Diego Zoo Global explains, this could be accomplished through reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousin," 1 Aug. 2019 The press release reports that researchers are optimistic that a northern white rhino calf could be born through various processes including artificial insemination within the next 10 to 20 years. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Southern White Rhino Calf Conceived Through Artificial Insemination Born at San Diego Zoo," 1 Aug. 2019 But population numbers have recovered in recent years thanks to intensive breeding programs using artificial insemination. Charlie Campbell, Time, "'I Get to Hug Them All the Time.' What It's Like to Take Care of a Pair of History-Making Panda Cubs," 31 July 2019 Per a press release, the male calf—newly dubbed Edward—is the first southern white rhino to be born through artificial insemination in North America. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousin," 1 Aug. 2019 The calf will eventually be introduced to the other five female rhinos at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center – including Amani, also pregnant through artificial insemination and due to give birth this fall. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 The zoo says a female named Amani is also pregnant by artificial insemination and is scheduled to give birth in September or October. David Williams, CNN, "This little cutie could help save a type of rhino from extinction," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of artificial insemination

1881, in the meaning defined above

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artificial insemination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of artificial insemination

medical : a medical process in which semen is used to make a woman or female animal pregnant without sexual intercourse

artificial insemination

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Medical Definition of 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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