fertilization

noun
fer·​til·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce fertilization (audio) \

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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Fertility coverage is the latest big thing, with use of in-vitro fertilization growing 71% nationally... Laura Forman, WSJ, "Tech’s Costly Health Benefits Pay Dividends," 2 Mar. 2019 In the winner-takes-all game of fertilization, millions of sperm race toward the egg that’s waiting at the finish line. Quanta Magazine, "Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law," 15 Nov. 2017 The bills passed in Wisconsin don’t go that far or attempt to further restrict the state’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization. Washington Post, "Republicans urge Wisconsin governor to sign abortion bills," 20 June 2019 The bills passed in Wisconsin don’t go that far or attempt to further restrict the state’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin Republicans urge Gov. Tony Evers to sign abortion bills he has vowed to veto," 20 June 2019 The bills up for approval in Wisconsin don't go that far or attempt to further restrict the state's ban on abortions 20 weeks after fertilization. Scott Bauer And Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin Legislature to send anti-abortion bills to Democratic governor, who vows to veto them," 5 June 2019 Levonorgestrel decreases in efficacy over time and doesn’t work as effectively after a sharp uptick of luteinizing hormone (LH) tells one of your ovaries to release an egg for fertilization. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "7 Myths About Emergency Contraception You Should Stop Believing," 8 Apr. 2019 Self-fertilization, on the other hand, produces clones exclusively. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 As admirably sketched out in the show’s final rooms, however, the brilliant effects of their early artistic cross-fertilization never truly disappeared. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Mantegna and Bellini’ Review: A Family Affair," 3 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fertilization

circa 1787, in the meaning defined above

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fertilization

noun
fer·​til·​iza·​tion | \ ˌfər-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce fertilization (audio) \

Kids Definition of fertilization

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

fertilization

noun
fer·​til·​iza·​tion
variants: or British fertilisation \ ˌfərt-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce fertilisation (audio) \

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

Other Words from fertilization

fertilize or British fertilise \ ˈfərt-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce fertilise (audio) \ transitive verb fertilized or British fertilised; fertilizing or British fertilising

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