capacitation

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ta·​tion | \ kə-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capacitation (audio) \

Definition of capacitation

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

First Known Use of capacitation

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Capacitation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capacitation?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=capaci05. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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capacitation

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​ta·​tion | \ kə-ˌpas-ə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce capacitation (audio) \

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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