capacitation

noun

ca·​pac·​i·​ta·​tion kə-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capacitation (audio)
: the change undergone by sperm in the female reproductive tract that enables them to penetrate and fertilize an egg

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of capacitation was in 1951

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“Capacitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capacitation. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

capacitation

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ta·​tion kə-ˌpas-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capacitation (audio)
: the change undergone by sperm in the female reproductive tract that enables them to penetrate and fertilize an egg

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