fertilization

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noun fer·til·i·za·tion \ ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of fertilization

:an act or process of making fertile: such as
a :the application of fertilizer
b (1) :an act or process of fecundation, insemination, or pollination not used technically
(2) :the process of union of two gametes whereby the somatic chromosome number is restored and the development of a new individual is initiated

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First Known Use of fertilization

circa 1787


FERTILIZATION Defined for Kids

fertilization

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noun fer·til·iza·tion \ ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of fertilization for Students

1 :an act or process of making fertile
  • fertilization of a new lawn
2 :the joining of an egg cell and a sperm cell to form the first stage of an embryo

Medical Dictionary

fertilization

noun fer·til·iza·tion
variants: or British fertilisation play \ˌfərt-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā-shən\

medical Definition of fertilization

:an act or process of making fertile: as
a :an act or process of fecundation, insemination, or impregnation
b :the process of union of two gametes whereby the somatic chromosome number is restored and the development of a new individual is initiated

fertilize

or British fertilise play \ˈfərt-ᵊl-ˌīz\ transitive verb fertilizatized or British fertilizatised; fertilizatizing or British fertilizatising


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