capacitation

noun
ca·pac·i·ta·tion | \kə-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of capacitation 

: the change undergone by sperm in the female reproductive tract that enables them to penetrate and fertilize an egg

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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capacitation

noun
ca·pac·i·ta·tion | \kə-ˌpas-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Medical Definition of capacitation 

: the change undergone by sperm in the female reproductive tract that enables them to penetrate and fertilize an egg

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