artificial insemination


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

Example Sentences

children conceived through artificial insemination
Recent Examples on the Web The kākāpō's conservation team has also seen growing success in artificial insemination efforts – which is critical for a species that has very low fertility rates and breeds only every two to four years, according to the Department of Conservation. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 The initiative is dedicated to saving the northern white rhino through innovative reproductive technologies, including artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, according to a statement from zoo officials. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 24 Aug. 2022 Born 32 years ago to a single mother, Treaster was the product of intrauterine insemination, more commonly referred to as artificial insemination. Adam Kincaid, ajc, 26 July 2022 Assuming Mary Grace was also conceived through artificial insemination, Merci immediately emailed back to enquire about the identity of her half-sister’s sperm donor. Adam Kincaid, ajc, 26 July 2022 Mei Xiang and Tian Tian arrived in 2000, and the pair has successfully birthed three other cubs: Tai Shan, Bao Bao and Bei Bei — also by artificial insemination. Ashraf Khalil,, 16 Apr. 2022 Many urge her to take different paths to parenthood, like artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and adoption. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 Since then, SeaWorld has relied mostly on captive breeding to stock its parks with killer whales, even mastering the art of artificial insemination. Tim Zimmermann, Outside Online, 30 July 2010 Coates performed the artificial insemination but inserted his own genetic material, the lawsuit said. CBS News, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of artificial insemination was in 1881

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“Artificial insemination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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