embryo transfer

noun

Definition of embryo transfer

1 : the final procedure of the in vitro fertilization process that involves transfer of one or more embryos into the uterine cavity typically by using a catheter inserted through the uterine cervix
2 : a procedure used in animal breeding in which an embryo from a superovulated female is removed and reimplanted in the uterus of another female

called also embryo transplant

Examples of embryo transfer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctor recommends doing another retrieval before our embryo transfer. refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: I’m 30 & Spent 9K Trying To Have A Baby," 27 Oct. 2020 While the majority of the cheetahs live in facilities around the country, embryo transfer will ensure that cheetahs can still breed with their best genetic matches. Nadine Daher, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Cheetah Cubs Born Through Surrogacy at the Columbus Zoo," 24 Feb. 2020 Gina was waiting for an embryo transfer, a procedure in which her egg, which had previously been removed and fertilized with her husband’s sperm, would be returned to her body. Monique Brouillette, Wired, "Covid-19 Creates Long, Anxious Waits for Fertility Treatments," 28 May 2020 Most of the women NBC News interviewed had their cycles canceled either before starting the injections or before the embryo transfer stage. NBC News, "'Adding insult to injury': Couples struggle with IVF cancellations amid coronavirus pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 While scientists have been studying IVF and embryo transfer in cheetahs for 15 years, this is just the third time it was attempted and the first time cubs were successfully born, the National Zoo said. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Two cheetah cubs were born for the first time by IVF. The breakthrough offers hope for the threatened species," 24 Feb. 2020 But the coronavirus has put egg retrievals and embryo transfers on hold. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus canceled fertility treatments, but Bay Area residents hope to restart them," 24 Apr. 2020 The embryo transfer is the last step in the IVF process and has a 41 to 43% success rate for women under age 35, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Their dreams of having a baby with IVF are being postponed because of coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020 The organization also said couples should strongly consider the cancellation of all embryo transfers. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Their dreams of having a baby with IVF are being postponed because of coronavirus," 25 Mar. 2020

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1966, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Embryo transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embryo%20transfer. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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embryo transfer

noun

Medical Definition of embryo transfer

1 : the final procedure of the in vitro fertilization process that involves transfer of one or more embryos into the uterine cavity typically by using a catheter inserted through the uterine cervix
2 : a procedure used in animal breeding in which an embryo from a superovulated female is removed and reimplanted in the uterus of another female

called also embryo transplant

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