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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In their future work, the SCBI will continue to tinker with artificial insemination techniques to increase reproductive success. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Only two females remain, and conservationists are desperately trying to develop a million-dollar artificial insemination method to create a new Northern white rhino in a lab. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Newborn Rhino Is Confident and Adventurous, Say Keepers," 23 May 2018 Scientists will be perfecting artificial insemination techniques and embryo transfer techniques on the females, which undergo weekly ultrasounds. Julie Watson, chicagotribune.com, "A pregnant rhino in San Diego could help save her subspecies," 17 May 2018 The rhino, which has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the park, is giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world’s most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. Washington Post, "Rhino in San Diego pregnant, could help save subspecies," 17 May 2018 The calf’s arrival marks the first birth of an oryx to be conceived through artificial insemination without the need for risky anesthesia. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 The window is so small that Mei Xiang’s mate, Tian Tian, has never actually fathered a cub naturally—only through artificial insemination of fresh or frozen sperm. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018 But more challenges lie ahead, with artificial insemination of rhinos in zoos rare so far and resulting in only a few births. Time, "A Pregnant Rhino in San Diego Could Help Save a Related Subspecies," 19 May 2018 Their daughter was conceived through artificial insemination. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Figuring out what to do with extra sperm, eggs, embryos after fertility treatment," 14 June 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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artificial insemination

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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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